The official attendance numbers have not been tallied just yet, but judging from the crowds over the five day event, it would appear that Festival International de Louisiane was a huge success marked by record crowds. Festival organizers, law enforcement and emergency responders were prepared for the large attendance.
But in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, just a few weeks ago, many people share a heightened concern about safety at such large events. How do officials prepare for potential disaster? We posed that question to Corporal Paul Mouton with the Lafayette Police Department.
Mouton says his department has teamed up with the FBI, Lafayette Sheriff's Office and ATF. Mouton says together they performed routine security checks not just inside the festival but also along the side streets.
One festival goer said she wasn't going to let all the bad in the world stop her from having fun but she will be more alert. When asked if festival was a secure place to be, Mouton says anything can happen but his department has taken the necessary precautions to make sure festival is as a safe as can be.
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