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Many Louisville residents feel safe as Waterfront Wednesday kicks off festivities

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Derby festivities will soon be underway and Wednesday night, hundreds of people packed Waterfront Park for a free concert.

The event marked the start of Waterfront Wednesday, which kicks off a week of Derby Festival events -- the Chow Wagon and Fest-A-Ville activities begin at Waterfront Park Thursday.

This comes one month after hundreds of teenagers committed violence in the area, leading to an increased police presence and surveillance cameras placed around the park.

Many people tell us that they still feel safe, despite what happened.

"That was just a random -- I just don't think it will be a pattern and there's going to be many more people around that it makes it less likely," said Louisville resident Tony Cecil.

"I hope that doesn't stop people. We love the Waterfront. That was really sad to hear because we love coming down here," said Louisville resident Barb Keijner.

Police say during the Derby festivities at Waterfront Park, they will have an increased police presence.

There have been no violent crimes in that area since March 22, according to LMPD.

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