Increased Security at PrideFest Milwaukee after Shooting in Orlando

“Unlike some pride festivals, our grounds are open only to ticketed guests who pass through our front gates,” said Eric Heinritz, executive director of Milwaukee Pride, Inc. “All personal items are subject to search before entry, and we do not allow carry-ins. While some may find these rules inconvenient, our first and foremost priority must be the safety of our guests.”

While there is no threat to PrideFest Milwaukee, the PrideFest production team responded immediately to the Orlando incident.  Since 7:30 a.m., this all-volunteer team has been meeting with local, state and federal agencies to provide the highest level of security possible.

  • Today, the festival will introduce full metal detection at the admission gates and increase security staffing across all areas, for the added safety and peace of mind of all visitors.
  • In addition, the festival plans a tribute event at 4:00 PM at the Miller Lite Mainstage.  Following a short presentation, PrideFest will honor a moment of silence for Orlando victims throughout the entire festival grounds.
  • ?Today’s performers are encouraged to honor the tragedy during all scheduled performances.
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