Tampa Bay Times
January 20, 2014
Spectators at Tampa’s annual Gasparilla festival can expect camera surveillance, more police presence and a bomb sweep of all parade floats, among other enhanced security measures at this year’s events.
The changes come in the wake of last year’s bombings at the Boston Marathon. Tampa police Chief Jane Castor said Thursday that the agency consulted with Massachusetts State Police officials, who responded to that incident, in order to assess what changes might be appropriate for Gasparilla and other large local events.
But ultimately, those who attend the parade and related events represent the first line of defense, the chief said.