Police and event organizers are reviewing and in some cases boosting security measures at music festivals, patriotic parades, heritage celebrations, and other large gatherings throughout the region after the Boston Marathon bombings, the Boston Globe reports. The celebrations long have been seen as a way to draw tourists and foster community spirit. After the bombings killed three spectators and injured more than 260, officials are wondering whether the events could be terror targets.
“It's been weighing on my mind,” said Jim Murphy, chairman of Hingham's Fourth of July Parade Committee. “We're going to see what we need to do, and how we need to approach things.” He said organizers had been more concerned about things like ensuring that children didn't run out onto the street and get hit by a float as they scooped up thrown candy. In Lowell, police are taking a closer look at security for the city's popular folk festival in July and the Southeast Asian Water Festival in August. The free folk festival is among the biggest nationwide, and draws about 200,000 people to the former mill city.