Wednesday April 22, 2015

By Chad Sivad

Event Recap: 420 in the Streets 420 Culture

On Monday, April 20th, 2015 -- better known as "420" -- hundreds of fans gathered in front of Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, Colorado to celebrate their love for cannabis and hip hop at "420 in the Streets." Presented by Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom and Altitude The Dispensary, the all-day event fenced off the entire city block on Welton Street between 26th Street and 27th Street.

This year marks the 2nd celebration of cannabis since Colorado legalized its recreational use in 2014. While the annual "420 Rally" in Denver's Civic Center wasn't held on 4/20 itself, instead taking place during the weekend before, a variety of marijuana-themed festivities proceeded all over the state on the popular cannabis holiday. Colorado residents and visitors flooded the streets of Denver's Five Points neighborhood traveling to and from the block party.

Those lucky enough to have tickets to the sold-out "420 in the Streets" made sure not to miss the incredible performances. Tatanka kicked off the event at 12:20 PM with heavy dubstep and basslines. As the day progressed, countless bystanders clung to the fences surrounding "420 in the Streets" for a chance to catch a glimpse of each performance.

Inside the fences, there were a few local food stands offering snacks and other booths providing information on the marijuana industry. Zero Hero placed pop-up recycling tents all over the event to encourage everyone to recycle their waste. A large, two-story balcony had been erected above the VIP area providing an unparalleled panorama of Mile High City. The stage itself rested at the South end of the closed-off block of Welton Street giving the audience a breathtaking view of Denver's gorgeous Downtown skyline.

As the sun began to set, a variety of musical acts graced the ears of everyone in attendance. While many people remained at the event the entire day, many more fans didn't arrive until the evening. The full lineup of artists performing at the event included Tatanka, The ReMINDers, Con Brio, The Underachievers, Dizzy Wright, Collie Buddz, Cypress Hill, Method Man and Redman.

Cypress Hill, notorious for publically supporting marijuana since the 90’s, took the stage just as the sun started to go drop below the Rocky Mountains. By this time, the audience was packed with people ready to celebrate the rest of 420 with some legendary hip-hop artists. When Cypress Hill played one of their top hits, "Jump Around," the crowd went wild.

Wu-Tang Clan fans became ecstatic when the group’s biggest solo star, Method Man, took the stage. Method Man teamed-up with Redman to give Mile High City one hell of a show. The artists spoke to the crowd over the mic throughout the show sharing their positive outlook on the nation's evolving marijuana movement.

At the end of the event, many people in the crowd were clearly "burnt" from a day full of 420 festivities. Those who didn’t want the party to stop filed inside Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom for the "Official 420 in the Streets After Party." The after party featured a live performance by Joey Bada$$.

Overall, "420 in the Streets" provided one of the most epic 420 celebrations this year in the Mile High City. Did you end up going?

Photo Credit: Colorado Pot Guide

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