Rochester Police have security plan in place for Park Avenue and Puerto Rican Festivals

Updated: 07/31/2014 5:26 PM
Created: 07/31/2014 5:01 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

The Park Avenue Festival and the Puerto Rican Festival are both scheduled in Rochester this weekend. While both festivals have not been an issue themselves, activities after have led to police calls in years’ past.

The President of the Puerto Rican Festival is asking the community to come to Frontier Field this weekend and enjoy a taste of Puerto Rico. Orlando Ortiz also appealed to people not connected to the festival, who may be thinking of causing a disturbance, to be respectful of the work that goes into the festival each year. Ortiz is hoping the musical lineup of Toby Love, Domingo Quinones and Tito Nieves alone will bring big crowds to the Puerto Rican Festival. It starts Friday. This is the 45th annual celebration.

In recent years, the county’s longest running ethnic festival has been overshadowed by unrelated violence after it is over. Rochester Police say they have a plan in place to handle any problems.

The Park Avenue Festival also runs this weekend. There have been some problems connected with this festival from time to time, as well, however, Rochester Police Commander Wayne Harris says the police department's plan will provide adequate coverage and there will be enough officers for both events. 

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