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Local authorities talk about Jazz Fest, vigilance and help for Boston

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The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is the city's next big event, and organizers say they are fine-tuning their plans to make sure it's as safe as possible.

Some Jazz Fest-goers say they aren't going to let fear impact their plans, as investigators pore through evidence left in the Boston attack.

"I think it's unfortunate but we can't let terror interfere with those type of events," said Bob Kimbrough of New Orleans.

Next week, hundreds of thousands of music and food fans will line up at the Fair Grounds for Jazz Fest as they do every year, in spite of what happened in Boston.

Alyssa Doumite of New Orleans said, "I'm not going to live my life scared... if I want to go, I'm going to go, and have fun."

Jazz Fest officials issued a statement Tuesday:

Jazz Fest, as always, is working with all relevant law enforcement agencies—local, state and federal—to assess any security concerns and to provide the highest level of special event preparedness available.  Assessment is ongoing and, in light of any pertinent information learned regarding yesterday's events in Boston, we will make any adjustments to our comprehensive security plan deemed necessary.

"A lot of officers are working details, they are on the clock, and if I need to move them I can," said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

It's clear that events such as the Boston bombing happen with no forewarning, and officials hope to learn from them.

"It's too early to say what will our takeaways be," said FBI Special Agent in Charge in New Orleans Michael Anderson.  The local office of the FBI is offering Boston its resources as the bureau investigates the case.

As New Orleans gets ready for its next big party, it's important for everyone to be watchful for suspicious bags or activities.

"Will security change?  Right now, our security package is robust, and we will pay attention to intelligence that comes out anywhere in the world," said Chief Serpas.

New Orleanians say their hearts go out to Boston, but they promise to push forward, "If you live your life in fear, somebody wins and that's no good," said Thomas Pusateri.

Pusateri says he will attend Jazz Fest next week, a little more watchful perhaps than before.

Chief Serpas says he's constantly working with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force for the latest updates on terrorism threats. However, there was no threat that we know of for Boston that's a special cause for concern.

"Assessment is ongoing and, in light of any pertinent information learned regarding yesterday's events in Boston, we will make any adjustments to our comprehensive security plan deemed necessary," Serpas said.

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