SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Pride week kicks into high gear with the opening of the festival in downtown Salt Lake City Friday.
As the LGBTQ community prepares to celebrate, security is preparing to keep thousands of people safe.
Pride organizers expect more than 70,000 people to celebrate this weekend and with that comes plenty of security.
“It’s going to be a great festival. We are excited,” said Janet Wall, vendor from Murrey.
Vendors and volunteers gear up Friday afternoon for one of the biggest downtown events of the year.
“I’m expecting to see a whole bunch of people having a whole bunch of fun,” said Wall.
“It’s just a really warm, loving event. It’s great to be here,” James Fiala said, who traveled from Las Vegas.
Behind the scenes, private security agents and law enforcement officers are already on lookout for trouble.
Pride organizers don’t expect any serious problems at the multi-day event, but Festival Organizer Liz Pitts said they can’t be too careful.
Less than one year ago, a gay nightclub in Orlando was targeted by a man who shot and killed 49 people.
“All security related departments are staying in touch with everything they need to stay in touch with to provide the highest level of safety and security,” Pitts said.
The event has grown substantially in 42 years, now forcing road closures around Washington Square and Library Plaza. People involved with the event are just focusing on having a good time.
“I’m not worried about safety. Not at all,” Wall said.
The biggest event will be Sunday’s parade, beginning at 10.