Final Preparations Underway for PrideFest Milwaukee
Final preparations are underway for one of the biggest summer festivals in Milwaukee. The three day PrideFest starts Friday at Summerfest grounds, but getting there may be a bit of a headache because of all of the state and city road projects that are going on. Organizers of PrideFest Milwaukee aren't too worried that the constrution will diminish attendance numbers. At least 30,000 locals and out-of-towners are expected to swarm in to Milwaukee for the event.
"It is a scramble. We move in early in the week and basically set everything up, pull everything out of storage and get everything going for the whole weekend," said Eric Heinritz, Executive Director for PrideFest.
Around 200 volunteers help get everything in place for the festivities at the Summerfest grounds, as well as for the parade on Sunday. Heinritz doesn't think construction will cost them.
"Right now, Harbor Drive, which is the entrance to the ground where the maingate is, had been restricted and access was limited coming from the south," Heinritz said. "But, that's actually opening up now."
The grounds are home to a whole host of events throughout the summer, including Polish Fest which starts in a week and Summerfest that starts on June 29th.
"Milwaukee probably knows how to pack more fun in to a summer than any city I've ever been to," said Paul Upchurch, President and CEO of Visit Milwaukee.
With street construction projects, and the huge 794 project by WisDOT, it's about planning ahead.
"You can save time through the screening process, buying your tickets in advance, just being aware of maybe where the best garages are to park so then you can walk and bike in and maybe avoid some of that construction," Upchurch said.
Summerfest has a great "get around" guide that you can use to help you get around, just go to http://summerfest.com/assets/files/2016/2016-Summerfest-Get-Around_Guide_Foldout_Final-web.pdf