Police prepare as thousands flock to Philly for 2019 MIA

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As many head to the shore or barbecues this weekend, Philadelphia will be abuzz with a Phillies game, Temple football game and the Made in America Festival, which draws about 30,000 people to the Ben Franklin Parkway.

This is the eighth time the Philadelphia police say they have had to patrol the Made in America festival, and Deputy Commissioner Dennis Wilson says they learn from it every time.

“The chief has been on one walk through already, where they light up the venue, at night, so we can get a good view of what we can expect the two nights of this event,” Wilson tells KYW Newsradio.

The two biggest problems in years past: fence hopping and underage drinking.

“So, not only are we citing these juveniles, we are basically babysitting them,” he said.

The kids are brought to, basically, an underage drinking tent, where they are processed by the state police and liquor control. 

“They are issued a citation, and they cannot be released until a parent picks them up,” Wilson explained.

You can bring sealed water bottles or empty containers to fill up and small backpacks, but no alcohol, food or coolers.

“We get a lot of contraband seized before people even get in this event,” he added.

With so many events going on, SEPTA says they are adding more regional rail and bus services, with beefed up security to match.

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