Annie Malone Parade To Increase Security After New Orleans Shooting

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The cars will roll and so will the floats and let`s not forget the bands. The 125th Annual Annie Malone Parade will once again wow crowds and leave plenty of smiles.

However,  this year there will be adjustments made to security, in light of recent violence in New Orleans and the Boston bombing.

FOX 2 caught up with St. Louis City Police Chief Sam Dotson to find out more about how they plan to make the parade as safe as possible.

"We will have a considerable amount of officers on Sunday. Random acts are the hardest things to prepare for an individual that comes out with an intention to do harm to others we saw it with Mardi Gras. An individual who had too much to drink introduced a gun into the environment encountered two police officers who did what they are trained to do," said Dotson.

Police are keeping in close contact with the FBI and State Law Enforcement officers. Plain clothed and uniformed officers will also be on the streets.

"There is an intelligence component are there any threats against the parade and the first answer to that is no there aren't," said Dotson.

Parade organizer Darryl Wise says they have taken every step to make May Day a success. They have also hired private security more than 50,000 people are expected to attend.

"We feel really good about the parade we feel it will be a safe environment and event a family oriented event," said Wise.

While you take the time to enjoy the parade police say leave your guns at home and pay attention to your surroundings.

"If you see someone in a trench coat or overcoat and its really hot point that out to a police man or Marshalls."

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