Photos: 4/20 celebration draws thousands to Denver’s Civic Center

Video produced by Anna Haynes.

The world’s “largest 4/20 event” drew thousands who gathered to celebrate cannabis this Saturday.

Mile High Festival in front of the Denver City and Council Building.
The Mile High 420 Festival in front of the Denver City and County Building. April 20, 2019. (Anna Haynes/CU Independent)

Colorado has allowed legal sales of recreational marijuana for five years now.

A lineup of glass pipes for sale. April 20, 2019.
A lineup of glass pipes for sale. April 20, 2019. (Anna Haynes/CU Independent)

The dispensary chain Euflora organized this year’s event.

A group promoting books on yoga and meditation through music.
A group promoting books on yoga and meditation through music. April 20, 2019. (Anna Haynes/CU Independent)

Despite the celebration, organizers urged attendees to leave their weed at home as public consumption is still illegal in Colorado.

Two Mile High Festival 2019 attendees lounging in inflatable lounge chairs.
Two Mile High 420 Festival attendees relax in inflatable lounge chairs. April 20, 2019. (Anna Haynes/CU Independent)

Many instead lounged, enjoyed a drink and listened to live musical performances.

An attendee poses while maintaining her anonymity behind various facial accessories.
An attendee poses while maintaining her anonymity behind various facial accessories. April 20, 2019. (Anna Haynes/CU Independent)

4/20 has long stood as a day of advocacy for legalized cannabis.

A collection of elaborately designed cannabis paraphernalia.
A collection of elaborately designed cannabis paraphernalia. April 20, 2019. (Anna Haynes/CU Independent)

Since the drug’s legalization in Colorado, the event has evolved from its political roots.

Mile High Festival attendee
Mile High 420 Festival attendee with a balloon hat. April 20, 2019. (Anna Haynes/CU Independent)

As residents disperse at the end of the day, they look forward to next year’s celebration and hope for the trend of cannabis acceptance to continue.

Civic Center statue of a Native American man on a horse amidst Mile High Festival 2019.
Civic Center statue of a Native American man on a horse amidst the 2019 Mile High 420 Festival. April 20, 2019. (Anna Haynes/CU Independent)

Contact Breaking News Editor Anna Haynes at anna.haynes@colorado.edu.

Anna Haynes

Breaking News Editor

Anna Haynes is a freshman journalism and political science major at CU Boulder. She is interested in LGBTQ issues as well as diversity on campus and in Boulder.

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