- Posted April 20, 2014 by
Feeling Uneasy at Denver's 420 Rally
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
While walking within the confines of the fence, it didn't feel so much like a celebration. It was more like that feeling of being watched. The Denver Police Department and the Park Rangers were present, but what I found disconcerting was the high number of private security guards armed with pistols walking amongst the crowd. I saw a lot of guns today.
The deep bass droned, the air was filled with marijuana, and I had cotton mouth after about 5 minutes of being there. The music being played had that ominous tone to it as well, the tough guy music, the kind of music that makes you aggressive.
It's meant to be a counter-culture event, but it is completely controlled by the authorities. The riot fences surrounding the stages, the heavy security presence and the intricate network of cameras covering every inch of the park say have your fun, but do so at your own risk.