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Business as usual for Alaska PrideFest security despite Orlando shootings

By Lauren Maxwell 9:43 PM June 13, 2016
ANCHORAGE –

Sunday’s shooting at an Orlando nightclub came just a week before Anchorage begins a week of Alaska PrideFest celebrations. But organizers say they have no plans to beef up security here.

Longtime Pride co-chair J.J. Harrier said Anchorage is a safe community and the shooting in Orlando hasn’t changed that. Anchorage police spokeswoman Anita Shell said the department would not increase the number of officers who will be present at the event up from six.

“This type of tragedy nobody saw coming,” Harrier said. “When you look at what happened at the movie theaters and San Bernardino, nobody knew that was going to happen then either. So life has to carry on, we have to carry on as normal. We have to keep expressing our love for one another and to achieve what we started in the beginning which was equality.”

Harrier said PrideFest isn’t just for the LGBT community, it’s for the entire community. He said he hopes more people than ever would come out to the events to celebrate and show their support.

Events begin on Saturday and run through the following weekend. Check out the complete calendar of events for PrideFest.

KTVA 11′s Lauren Maxwell can be reached via email or on Twitter.

Correction: An earlier version of this report used an incorrect name for the Alaska PrideFest’s name. This has been amended.

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