DENVER -- On the eve of Denver’s 40th PrideFest, the LGBT community is ready and not afraid.
Event organizers along with the Denver Police Department have worked to provide extra security measures for this year’s festival.
This comes after the terror attack at Pulse Nightclub that killed 49 people in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday morning.
“This is a time where we need to rally and really come out and show support,” X Bar owner Steven Alix said. “Show them that this was a terrible thing and we're not afraid of them.”
Local bars started beefing up security early in the week, and Denver police offered their expertise.
“They’ve done so many wonderful things,” Alix said. "They sat down with me and chatted with me as long as I needed to make me feel more comfortable.”
Organizers say you’ll see more fences, more bag searches and other security measures. PrideFest has also hired 22 additional police officers for the event.
“We have put together a comprehensive plan for the weekend enhancing our security,” Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said. “You'll see a bigger police presence out there. There's also some things you won't see.”
The festival begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at Civic Center Park. The parade will kick off at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday at Cheesman Park.