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    A week after the deadly Orlando attack, San Francisco is preparing to host one of the largest Pride events in the country. Michelle Roberts reports. (Published Monday, June 20, 2016)

    A week after the deadly Orlando attack, San Francisco is preparing to host one of the largest Pride events in the country.

    Tens of thousands of people will pour into the city this weekend, and police say due to the Orlando shooting there will be increased security at the event and at gay clubs.

    On Monday, a memorial continues to grow on Market Street for the victims of the shooting.

    "We can't live in fear," said Vick Germany with San Francisco Dykes on Bikes.

    San Francisco Police Department Deputy Chief Michael Redmond said plain-clothes officers will be out throughout venues and all Pride-related events.

    There will also be several security check points set up around Civic Center Plaza, police said. New this year will be banning large bags or purses at the event and everyone will have to walk through a metal detector to enter the festival.

    "It's really tempting to curl up into a ball and retreat when this tragedy happens," Supervisor Scott Wiener said. "We have to do the opposite."

    Wiener on Monday called the Orlando attack incomprehensible, and he said the city is doing everything it can to make this weekend safe and welcoming for everyone.

    "You can attack us, beat us, bully us, kill us. We will just keep coming back," Wiener said. "We're stronger than before."

    The city said there are no known threats to Pride Week. Officials are asking eveyrone who will be in the city this weekend to sign up for emergency alerts by texting "alertsf" to 888-777.

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