FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - One of South Florida’s biggest music festivals has returned.

Tortuga Music Festival is back after being canceled because of the pandemic last year.

More than 30,000 people are expected to spend their weekend on Fort Lauderdale Beach.

“I’m in the United States Army. I’m gonna show them my true American self and show them what a true American is and have fun at Tortuga,” said Wess Hubble.

With the recent Astroworld tragedy fresh on the minds of so many, first responders said they are keeping an extra eye out to make sure everyone is safe.

“We’ve reviewed the incident in Houston,” said Fort Lauderdale Police Assistant Chief Dana Swisher. “If there is anything that we can learn from that, obviously we’ll take that.”

Also with the pandemic still in effect, additional protocols are also in place, though despite that, many people are just happy to be able to attend.

“It’s just part of life these days,” said Brielle Holland. “At least we get to have a festival this year. We don’t get to miss out again.”

There are some guidelines to be aware of:

  • You need proof of a negative covid test within 72 hours of the event or proof of vaccination.
  • Those who do not show a negative test or proof of vaccination will be directed to a testing site and will have to pay about $50 for a test.
  • Masks are encouraged.
  • Bags are allowed if they are clear and small.

Clutch purses and wallets do not have to be clear.

For more information on the festival, visit their website.

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