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Why doesn't Lawrence block off the streets with barricades during parades? I think it is unsafe when traffic is allowed to go down parade routes while people are gathering to watch.

Many factors have to be considered when planning for an event, and safety is always a concern, Lawrence Police Sgt. Paul Fellers said. Factors in determining when a street is blocked off may include the number of participants, parade route, time of day and personnel resources, he said. "Every effort is made for parades to be fun and safe events for the community to attend, and they occur often enough the public responds very well while they are in progress," Fellers said.

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