New Orleans steps up security for gay pride weekend

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In the wake of the Orlando, Florida, mass shooting, New Orleans is stepping up security to protect the large crowds that will fill the French Quarter for the city's annual gay pride celebrations.

On Thursday, city officials announced large numbers of police officers and state troopers will be on duty throughout the weekend. The FBI said there are no credible threats against the events.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu also urged bars and clubs to check patrons' bags at entrances for weapons.

Jeffrey S. Sallet, the FBI's special agent in charge in New Orleans, called on the public to be on the lookout for suspicious activity and to notify law enforcement if they see anything suspicious.

Other cities are also beefing up security for gay pride events taking place around the nation.

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