Columbus police, Stonewall prepare for city’s largest Pride parade

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus has one of the largest Pride parade’s and festivals in the Midwest and it just got even bigger.  

“I just found out today we are trending on Orbitz,” said Stonewall Columbus Director AJ Casey. “We are one of the top seven Pride destinations in the county and that put us even ahead of San Francisco for pride destinations.”

More than 13,000 people participate in this year’s parade. That’s 5,000 more people than last year, according to Stonewall Columbus.  

“We are preparing for the largest pride parade and festival in the history of Columbus Pride,” said Casey.

That is why Stonewall is partnering with the Columbus Division of Police to make sure everyone stays safe. 

“There will be a very large law enforcement presence throughout the city. We have increased patrols, we’ve increased different officers presence in different areas to ensure everyone remains safe,” said Columbus Police Officer Lt. Nick Konves.

Last years text alert system was a success for Columbus police.

Festival-goers can text “PRIDE” to 888-777 to receive safety updates from Stonewall and police.

The text alert system will be active all weekend long. 

Here is what you need to know if you plan to attend the event:

The pride festival will start Friday and wrap up Saturday at Bicentennial and Genoa Park. 

The parade will begin on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Poplar Avenue and High Street in the Short North. 

“We want to make sure this is the safest spot in the city of Columbus this weekend.”

Click here for more information about Pride events.

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