November 14, 2017

New Safety Measures Planned At Circle Of Lights Festivities

Ready for the Circle of Lights festivities, the new LED lights are streamed over the Soldiers' and Sailors' monument. - Ryan Flanery, WFYI News

Ready for the Circle of Lights festivities, the new LED lights are streamed over the Soldiers' and Sailors' monument.

Ryan Flanery, WFYI News

For 55 years, spectators have gathered to see the Circle of Lights illuminate, and this year, police Chief Bryan Roach says onlookers can expect new security protocols.

“As you look throughout the nation and other parts of the world, motor vehicles have been used in events like this to cause all kinds of tragedy, so you will see IndyGo buses at the three spokes. The fourth spoke here on Meridian Street will be blocked by the stage itself,” Roach says. 

Downtown Indy Inc. Vice President Bob Schultz says along with providing a unique experience for spectators, safety is top priority.

“So, in consultation with the police and fire professionals we work with on all of our events, we have decided in moving the stage to the north spoke of Monument Circle, facing the circle,” says Schultz.

More than 100,000 visitors are expected, and Roach says with more spectators comes more public safety officials.

"Because of the size, we have added extra personnel. Most of those assets you will not see, but I promise you they are here," Roach says. 

The festivities start at 6 p.m. the day after Thanksgiving.

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