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Last Minute Preps for Pride Festival

COLUMBUS (Tara Morgan) -- Pride festival organizers are counting down the hours to this weekend's big event.

The parade and festival will be under tight security this year after recent attacks on gay men in Columbus.

Organizers say they have police, fire as well as private security and volunteers on hand to keep the more than 250,000 expected spectators safe.

"We feel pretty confident. If anything I think those attacks really brought our community together," said Karla Rothan, the executive director for Stonewall Columbus.

One Short North business isn't taking any chances.

Managers with The Pint House on High Street posted flyers Thursday reminding customers of their zero tolerance policy against violence, harassment and discrimination.

"We want to keep it light... We want to keep the focus on Pride," said manager Colin Cunningham.

Festival organizers say they met with Columbus Divisions of Police and Fire after the Boston Marathon bombings to talk about a safety plan.
 
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