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Increased security at 32nd annual CityFest

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - There was heightened police presence at this year's Cityfest, where thousands gathered in Hillcrest Sunday for the 32nd annual event.

As always, the event included entertainment, carnival rides and children's activities. But this year, there was an extra element focusing on security.

CityFest is one of San Diego's longest running street fairs and raises more than $50,000 for the Hillcrest Business Association.

"It is eight blocks long of beer gardens, music, dancing food vendors arts and crafts,” said Benjamin Nicholls with the Hillcrest Business Association.

But in the wake of the deadly Orlando shooting at a gay nightclub, there was an increased police presence in Hillcrest.

San Diego police ramped up security for this year’s CityFest in much the same way they did for the Pride festival in July. Officers set up their mobile unit, added patrol officers and surveillance cameras.

"They have a lot of presence here today. They brought extra police. They have their command, but we also stocked up on our end with extra security at the perimeter of the event,” explained Nicholls.

CityFest staff hired 22 additional security officers.

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