Security increased for Denver PrideFest

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DENVER -- Denver PrideFest kicked off Saturday and continued to set record attendance numbers. The two-day event will start up again Sunday morning when the Pride parade makes its way to Civic Center Park.

This year, safety measures have kicked into high gear. PrideFest officials have beefed up security and added some new protocols. PrideFest-goers traveled from near and far to attend the event. They said the energy was palpable and so was the feeling of unity.

"It's wonderful, a wonderful event. It's so beautiful," Kevin McKeon said.

GLBT Community Center of Colorado CEO Debra Pollock said the event is running smoothly so far.

"I think people really want to be together right now," Pollock said.

The event showcases live entertainment on three stages inside the park.

"The only difference (Sunday) is, people will be going through a checkpoint when they come into the park. That's different from years past," Pollock said.

All bags will be checked and coolers are no longer allowed inside. An additional 22 Denver police officers will be seen watching over the event.

"All the extra presence on the ground, it feels much better. I was happy to see them here," Damien Angel said.

Many PrideFest first timers said the tragedy in Orlando, Fla., almost stopped them from coming.

"We decided, we made the choice to come," April Gerakos-Rooker said.

It's important not to be afraid, not to stay home," Rachel Shwartz said.

Sunday's Pride parade will begin at 9:30 a.m.