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Boise Pridefest to see increased security after Florida mass shooting

The parade route has also been shortened
Posted: 5:45 PM, Jun 13, 2016
Updated: 2016-06-13 19:53:18-04

This year's Boise Pridefest will be seeing tightened security and a shortened parade route, following a mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub and a vague post on the Boise group's Facebook page that's been reported to Boise police.

Event organizers tell 6 On Your Side hateful or threatening posts aren't uncommon toward gay pride events in Idaho, but because of recent events, organizers contacted law enforcement.

Police say they're keeping safety as a top priority for the festival, scheduled for Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. at the Idaho Statehouse.

Pridefest leaders say the parade, which starts at 11:30 a.m., will also have a shortened route this year, to keep the festivities more closely confined for security purposes.

Compared to years past, additional police officers will be at this year's festival - both in and out of uniform -including Boise Police's LGBT liaison officer.

The new parade route will begin at the capitol, head east on Jefferson to 4th street, then back to the capitol by way of Bannock Street.

Following the parade will be live performances, music and activities at Capitol Park from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

To see a full list of events click here.