MASON CITY, IA — The North Iowa Band Festival is an event that draws in crowds from all over the country. On streets just like this, thousands are expected to take part in the parade festivities, making security a top priority.
The explosion that rocked Boston’s annual marathon sent shock waves to those in attendance, but also put the country on high alert.
Attacks on large crowd gatherings have some concerned over the security measures being taken to keep them safe, something one local police chief says is already being considered.
“At this point, like I said earlier, absent any specific threat, we’ll do what we’ve always done. We have a good number of officers that are positioned around the parade route. And we count on the public to be able to and be willing to report any suspicious activity packages and so forth,” said Mason City Police Chief Mike Lashbrook.
He also mentions that security needs to be a joint effort between officers and everyone attending if we want to make sure everyone’s safety.
“Sometimes planning and preparation obviously isn’t enough, so then it becomes response and recovery. And I think what you saw in Boston was exemplary. How they responded, how they were able to treat those who were wounded and injured. And I think that gives the public a good sense of security,” said Lashbrook.
North Iowa Band Festival will take place May 23, through May 27 and will be the 75th anniversary of the annual festival.