More than 70,000 Vietnamese Catholics are expected to arrive in Carthage this weekend for the 37th annual Marian Days. Event go-ers will camp out at the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix. Through out the weekend, church services, and live entertainment is held, and plenty of food and souvenirs are available. Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan tells News Talk KZRG they're well equipped to handle the crowd.
"We're here 24 hours a day. We start with two officers, by Saturday night we're usually around 40 officers, and everybody you see here now, is gone usually by noon on Sunday."
Dagnan says, even for an event this size, they really have very few problems.
"Obviously we have a lot of people in one place. Parking is always an issue. Really, there are very few crime problems here because most these people are here for the right reason, but we do have a lot logistical problems; just getting this many people into one place, getting them in, getting them out, traffic accidents, things like that."
Marian Days starts Thursday, and ends Sunday.