High security at Denver’s Parade of lights eases fears of onlookers

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DENVER -- Even the dazzling lights can’t diminish the sorrow that hangs along with a flag at half-staff along the parade route.

Importantly, children don’t notice. Their faces ignite as the parade rolls by. It’s a different time in the country, and here at home.

A large contingent of police and security watch everything and parade goers notice.

“We were just talking about it. We’re not really afraid but we were saying it is more of a risk now than before,” said Brooke Johnson who came to watch the parade.

Today the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation echoed that cautioning all Americans to be watchful of neighbors.

“We urge Americans not to live in fear. Instead, channel that to an awareness of your surroundings. If you see something, say something.”

At the parade site there was a large contingent of police and security keeping an eye on everything.

Like many parents anymore, Denise Ortega spent part of the evening reassuring her son about his safety.

“I just assure him that he’s safe and that there are lots of police in the area and I’m here to protect him,” Ortega said.

But when the lights roll by Javi’s fears disappear. This time of year has a funny way of doing that.

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