The La Crosse Police Department will have extra patrols in the downtown area and in the university area for the opening weekend of Oktoberfest 2013.
Third street will be closed in front of the downtown bars both Friday and Saturday nights to keep pedestrians and drivers safe.
The department also plans on enforcing the rules for the Maple Leaf Parade. The earliest parade-watchers can save spots on public right of ways like boulevards or sidewalks is 12:01 Saturday morning.
"We will have staff, city employees going up and down the parade route on Thursday and Friday," says Lt. Patrick Hogan. "First, we will warn people. We are putting signs out just to make sure people aren't putting personal property on the boulevard or the sidewalk area."
The Maple Leaf Parade route will be closed starting at 6:30 Saturday morning for the Maple Leaf Road Race. The route runs from Gillette and Rose Streets down the causeway, to Second and King Streets. The road will be closed until after the parade.