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Police Provide Extra Security for Charlottesville Dogwood Parade

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Police from all over the state came to Charlottesville Saturday to make sure the area was safe and secure. Police from all over the state came to Charlottesville Saturday to make sure the area was safe and secure.

The 64th annual Charlottesville Dogwood Festival Grand Feature Parade is one of the first big public events to take place in the area on the heels of the Boston bombings.

Police from all over the state came to Charlottesville Saturday to make sure the area was safe and secure. The parade came right through downtown Charlottesville with more than 800 people participating and thousands watching from sidewalks.

Many say they were glad to see police take extra precautions following the terror in Boston.

"We actually closed the road a little earlier than we said we would today because of what happened in Boston and we had four bomb sniffing dogs came in that checked our route for us," said Charlottesville Police Captain Gary Pleasants.

One of the dogs belongs to the Albemarle County Police Department and the other three came with state police troopers - traveling from as far as Norfolk.  Charlottesville police say it was the right thing to do in light of recent events.

"Times have changed," Pleasants said. "We know that for the last 12 years, we've been doing things a little bit differently and things occur unfortunately, we'll see things we weren't aware of before that we need to check and just adapt as it goes on."

And police will continue to take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of the Charlottesville community.

"I feel well protected today and I just hope everything continues to go smoothly," said Sharonda Jackson who watched the parade.

"I was afraid for my life a little bit when the shriners were out on their little cars, speeding around, but otherwise I didn't really feel unsafe in any way," said Joshua Farnsworth, another parade attendee.

Around 40 police officers were out directing traffic and surveillancing the downtown area.

Parade organizers and Charlottesville police said the event went smoothly overall.

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