Posted: Apr 16, 2013 7:00 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck
Updated: Apr 16, 2013 7:04 PM
In light of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, Festival International organizers met on Tuesday to discuss security. The festival kicks off a week from tomorrow.
More than 400 thouand people will be downtown....Almost as many as Boston's estimated 500 thousand spectators. It's Lafayette's largest gathering of people every year.
"Just as boston has, Festival International we have a, we've always had a safety action plan for any type of emergency situation," Executive Director of Festival International, Dana Baker, said.
Baker says they plan for security all year.
"We feel confident that we least you know, in the event something were to happen we're prepared as much as one can be," Baker said.
Police said that they could not give specific numbers as to how many officers would be on the premises or throughout Festival International, because it could jeopardize their security plan. But in light as to what happened in Boston, they are taking additional safety measures.
"We are going to do things a little differently, it's not something that we advertise, but it's something that we're constantly re-evaluating," Lafayette Police Corporal Paul Mouton, said.
Mouton says if you see something suspicious, act on it.
"Call 911. Just understand, know where you are in the city or where you are in the downtown area so that you can give specific information so that we can get officers out there to check the situation out," Mouton said.