Extra Security Expected For Weekend Festivals

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Richmond Police are hoping to avoid a repeat of the security issues of “Shamrock the Block” as party-goers get set to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

In March, Shockoe Bottom's biggest party was marred by a violent altercation between Richmond Police and some attendees.

This weekend, there are several Cinco de Mayo events around town, including some in Shockoe Bottom. Party organizers say there's more to the celebrations than just the violent clashes which went viral on YouTube two months ago.

During Saturday's Que Pasa festival, boats and vendors will take over the Canal Walk and draw thousands of partiers. Drinks will be served, but organizers maintain things will remain safe.

“We met with all the police departments and officials from Richmond to make sure that everything is safe and a lot of fun for the community,” said Hispanic Chamber of Commerce president Michel Zajuar.

Richmond Police said they are not as concerned with this weekend's events as they were with Shamrock the Block, as they expect more family-oriented celebrations. Still, extra security will be on hand just in case.

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