Bastille Days says security is a top priority in wake of Nice attack

Posted at 12:45 PM, Jul 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-15 17:34:28-04

After a truck rams into a crowd in Nice, France, should there be tighter security at this year's Bastille Days in Milwaukee?

There are no security checkpoints at the French-themed festival, no bag checks, no metal detectors. However, festival organizers say security is a top priority.

Kim Morris is the executive director of East Town Association. She said, "We have been in close communication with Milwaukee police for weeks. They are on bikes, horses, you name it. We have beefed up our security."

250,000 people are expected to attend this year's festival. And unlike Summerfest, people can walk right in without stopping at a security check point. That's something organizers don't want to change.

"I hope not because I think this is a festival that everyone loves for the fact it's in an urban setting. People get to come and go and there is no admission to get in," said Morris.

"I think stepping up security would be a good idea," said Bailey Wicoff.  She comes to Bastille Days nearly every year.  She thinks after a truck plowed into a crowd celebrating in Nice, security should be tighter at all of Milwaukee's festivals. She's not alone.

"They need to get tighter security. It is different times now," said Terrance Banks

Right now, organizers of Milwaukee's festival are talking to the mayor's office about having a moment of silence for Nice.