As Boston Pride gets underway, with thousands of people expected and dozens of events, festival-goers are hoping to concentrate on the excitement, but security is top of mind as well.
“I’m definitely one of those people that as soon as I’m engulfed in a big group of people I will look around and make sure I know where the exits are, where I can escape if there’s an issue,” said Eniko Sarkozy who is attending Boston Pride.
With news of yet another major attack on innocent people, safety is key especially with large crowds congregating and in multiple locations.
Sunday’s AIDS walk will see a large number of people gathering at the Hatch Shell along the Charles River.
“I’m going to the AIDS walk tomorrow…and we absolutely will think about security,” said Teresa Glass. “We don’t bring big bags…I would hope anyone that’s attending will do the same thing.”
Sylvain Bruni, president of Boston Pride, says his team has been working with Boston Police on plans to keep everyone safe, and tailoring security for unique challenges.
“There are very specific needs in the LGBT community,” said Bruni. “Some members of our community may not want to see uniformed officers.”
Pride week caps off next weekend, and there could be more than 500,000 people in the city.
Pride organizers say they’ll be meeting with Boston Police again this week to see if any plans need to be changed following today’s attack.