Atlanta-- The events in Boston didn't keep the crowds away from the 77th annual Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park over the weekend. Festival organizers said more 200,000 people came out for the festival, just as they'd planned. They beefed up security a little, but said they had more than enough people working to keep everyone safe.
PHOTOS | A Sunday at the 77th Annual Dogwood Festival
"We had a lot of people, comparable to the year before, so I don't think the recent events have affected people wanting to come out and be a part of the community together," said festival director Bryan Hill.
Many saw the chance to enjoy music, games, rides and art in beautiful weather as a welcome relief from the awful things they'd seen on TV all week.
"It feels great to be out in the sunshine and thumb my nose at terrorists that come out and hurt people," said Kathi Gleason.
The Dogwood Festival is billed as the 3rd oldest arts festival in the country, and one of the largest. More than 1000 artists competed for 250 spaces.