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Security beefed up for New Year's Day Rose Parade

Posted: January 1, 2014 6:00 a.m.
Updated: January 1, 2014 6:00 a.m.

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Police plan to beef up security measures for the 125th Rose Parade in the wake of bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Bomb-sniffing dogs and a wide range of video surveillance will be used to detect suspicious behavior during the New Year's Day parade, which is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of revelers.

Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez also estimates that more than 1,100 officers will patrol the parade route, according to the Pasadena Star-News. The department has been reviewing tragedies such as the Boston Marathon bombing to help formulate its plan.

"All eyes will be on Pasadena that day," Sanchez said.

Sanchez also asked spectators to be vigilant and to notify law enforcement immediately if they suspect something out of sorts.

"lf one of the parade-goers sees something suspicious, and what I mean by that is they walk up and put a bag down and they walk away from that bag, have the courage and the insight and the willingness to engage and call that to the attention of local law enforcement officers," he said.

Several protests are planned, including Occupy Fights Foreclosures, which will follow the Rose Parade with three of its own floats.

Last-minute preparations were being made Tuesday for a host of colorful floats, while six F-16s from the Air Force's Thunderbirds rehearsed their parade flyover.

Many parade-goers will camp out overnight to secure prime viewing spots along the 5 1/2 mile ride down Colorado Boulevard. The theme of the parade is "Dreams Come True" and the grand marshal is Los Angeles Dodgers longtime broadcaster Vin Scully.

Temperatures are expected to reach to the mid-70s Wednesday.


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