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Security ramped up at Gaslight Festival Parade, but you may not see it

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The annual Gaslight Festival Parade continues through the weekend in Jeffersontown.

No one expects trouble, but because of what we've seen in other parts of the city, Jeffersontown Police are adding an extra layer of security. You won't see it, but it's there.

"You never know when a situation can occur at any point, but you plan ahead for any situation that could occur," Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruf said.

Thousands of people attend the parade each year, but Mayor Dieruf says those are not the people he's worried about.

"They go deep into the crowd, and they come all the way through the town," Mayor Dieruf said. "And again, most of these people are hometown people."

But the extra layer of security is for people who are not part of the hometown crowd.

Jeffersontown Police Chief Ken Hatmaker saw the violence at this year's Pegasus Parade and wants to make sure there are no issues. That's why you probably won't see some of the extra police presence.

"You'll safely see the majority in uniform, but for those folks that may think to cause trouble or not play by the rules, just know there may be someone around, not necessarily in uniform, to keep the peace," Chief Hatmaker said.

Expect the crowd to triple this weekend, so they will block all of the entrances with dump trucks.

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