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Increased security on Esplanade expected for EarthFest

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  May 13, 2013 11:48 AM

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Organizers of Boston’s annual EarthFest are preparing increased security for Saturday’s concert in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Radio 92.9, the concert’s organizer, posted on its website that it is “working closely with state law enforcement to ensure a safe environment for all festival attendees” and that new security measure have been put in place.

This year, attendees will not be able to access the daylong concert at the Charles River Esplanade’s Hatch Shell via the Fiedler Footbridge at the corner of Arlington and Beacon streets. Instead, attendees can use the Charles Street Footbridge or Dartmouth Street footbridges. The Fiedler Footbridge will be closed to foot traffic throughout the day.

Parking will not be permitted on Storrow Drive and backpacks and large bags will not be allowed into the festival. All bags will be subject to search.

Gates for the festival open at 10 a.m. and from 8 to 9:30 a.m. the area between Union Boat Club and Clarendon Street will be shut down, according to The Esplanade Association.

After 9:30 a.m. and until the concert is over all park users will be required to go through security checkpoints, the association said.

This year’s lineup for the family friendly concert includes Vertical Horizon, Cracker, Fastball, Gentlemen Hall, and Camper Van Beethoven.

The Kids Planet stage will feature performances by Zumix, Super Cool Beans, Fiddlin’ Quin and the big folks band, Josh and the Jamtones, and Little Groove.

E-mail Kaiser at Johanna.yourtown@gmail.com. For more news about your city, town, neighborhood, or campus, visit boston.com’s Your Town homepage.

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