Tyler, Longview Police explain safety precautions for Christmas parades

Two of East Texas's largest cities are hosting Christmas Parades in just a couple of days. These parades Thursday in Tyler and Longview will have many more spectators and participants. We talked to police from both departments who say they are following tried and true measures that have kept spectators and participants safe for years.

"There's barricades blocking the streets blocking vehicular access to the staging area. During the parade route there's also cones and officers at every intersection of the parade route to discourage drivers from driving on to the actual parade route where parade floats and people would be," said Officer Kevin Brownlee with Longview Police.

"Each parade is done individually and we're going to look at what does it take to pull off the parade as far as security and traffic and rerouting traffic. There is a police officer posted at every place where traffic could enter the parade route," said Officer Don Martin with Tyler Police.

There are fines for crossing a police barricade. In Longview, the fine is $297, and in Tyler, there are two possible tickets, each one with fines of up to $200 involved.

Danielle Capper, reporting. dcapper@kltv.com

LaKecia Shockley contributed to this report. lshockley@kltv.com