DAGUPAN CITY -- Backpacks will not be allowed to be carried by any one joining the Bangusan Street Party of the 2017 Bangus Festival on April 30 as part of the security plan being put in place by the Dagupan City Police.
The City Information Office (CIO) said that this was among the security precautions prescribed by the local police headed by Superintendent Franklin Ortiz, officer-in-charge and the 2017 Bangus Festival Committee with Epee Rafanan as executive chairman.
Also prohibited during the events is the carrying of soft drink and bottles which can be used to harm revelers.
The Bangusan street party will be held along the four-kilometer Jose de Venecia Expressway and is expected to draw up to a million people.
More than 20 live bands from Manila and other parts of the country are slated to perform during the Bangusan Street Party.
Rafanan said with the carnival, food court and flea market positioned on a vacant lot along the De Venecia Expressway, the crowd attending will surely eclipse the 700,000 in last year's edition of the Bangusan Street Party.
In this event, people will have to buy iron grills from organizers and use these to cook fresh milkfish over smoldering charcoal.
The grilled fish will be mixed with other food such as barbecue, vegetables and rice to be eaten together by families and friends.
The street party will start at 4 p.m. and last till the wee hours of the morning.
Noting the big crowd attending the Bangusan Street Party, Supt. Ortiz already requested augmentation forces from the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office to beef up members of the Dagupan Police.
Ortiz said the police will also be on alert for the Festivals of the North to be held here on Friday as thousands will troop to the streets to watch street dancing champions from various parts of Luzon who will be competing among themselves. (PNA)