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Maya Rodriguez / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- In certain parts of the city, especially the French Quarter, each passing year has Halloween taking on more of a Mardi Gras feel.

'It's my favorite time of the year, seeing all the costumes because not everyone knows to dress up for Mardi Gras,' said Mary, a New Orleans resident. 'So, Halloween is awesome.'

With crowds of costumed revelers, many coming in from out of town, police say they don't want a repeat of what happened on Bourbon Street last year. A total of eight people were shot, one dead.

It was the first of a string of four shootings in the city that night.

'There's no question, that every year, we see more and more people go to the French Quarter to enjoy Halloween in the Quarter,' said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas. 'It's becoming another one of the signature events we need to prepare our police force. So, we did that again this year.'

That means bringing in more than 170 police officers to patrol the French Quarter and CBD areas. Still, last year's shooting on Bourbon happened within feet of New Orleans police officers.

Despite that, those who plan to be out say they have no worries about being out and about on Halloween, even those who were on Bourbon last year.

'There was a shooting last year. I do remember that. We were walking down Bourbon Street and we saw all the yellow tape and we said go around,' said Fresno resident Sloane Golden.

Don Mayberry, a San Francisco Bay area resident, said, 'They even have a crane with all the cops, so they can see everything above the crowd. So, totally secure.'

Even with so many officers in these high traffic areas, Serpas says the NOPD is also making sure that their deployment strategy won't neglect the other neighborhoods in the city.

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