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Getting Ready To Celebrate Erie

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Tens of thousands of people will visit downtown Erie over the next few days, to celebrate everything Erie.
The 4-day celebration kicks off Thursday, and Erie police say they're ready.

The stage is set for the 2013 edition of Celebrate Erie.
The weather is expected to be nice, and that means there will be some pretty big crowds in downtown Erie.

On Wednesday, crews spent the day setting up, getting downtown Erie ready for Thursday's start of Celebrate Erie.
If the weather cooperates, as in years past, more than 100,000 people are expected to visit downtown Erie Over the next 4 days.

The event takes months of planning, funding from dozens of sponsors, and the work of hundreds of volunteers, to make it all happen.

And that includes plenty of extra security.
Erie Police Chief Steve Franklin says he plans to have extra officers downtown.
A security company and sheriff's deputies will also be on-hand, all to help with crowd control or any problems that may arise.

"We do have a number of off duty positions as well as on duty officers working. So I think we're pretty confident that we have enough security that should any problems arise we'll be able to respond to them," said Erie Police Chief Steve Franklin.

Franklin says in the past few years they haven't seen any major issues, so they're hoping the same rings true this year.

Also, police want to warn drivers that there are also plenty of downtown Erie streets closed during the festivities.

So, to find out the best place to park, and everything that's happening during Celebrate Erie, visit www.CelebrateErie.com

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