Yesterday's post was about the Columbine tragedy that happened on April 20th 10 years ago. Today's post is about a different kind of April 20th - Santa Cruz 420, to be exact.
I have probably led a sheltered life because until about five years ago, I had never heard of the celebration that happened every 4/20 at 4:20 p.m. on campuses around the country (and the world). And this has been going on since the early 70's!
Here is Wikipedia's history of the event.
University of Colorado at Boulder has huge crowds every year - 10,000 last year, it was reported.
At the top of the Wikipedia page is this photo titled "Santa Cruz 4/20 celebration at Porter Meadow on UCSC campus in 2007".
It's funny they should show this particular photo for this particular year because that was the year I decided to attend! Yes, it was my 65th birthday, and I wanted to go to this infamous event at least once.
It was quite incredible, actually. I expected a couple hundred people walking down from the campus buildings into Porter Meadow. But the people kept coming and coming, like little ants from all over. I think it was something like 5,000 people there! All very orderly. Only one police officer spotted, just watching the crowd.
And promptly at 4:20 p.m., they all lit up. A huge cloud of smoke wafted over the meadow. We were kind of on the outskirts of the crowd and out of the smokey area. Being the oldest people there, no one offered to share any of their stash with us. Oh well!
It was truly amazing, and I am so glad to have gone.
Here is a report on yesterday's event in Santa Cruz. Although the school administration tried to put a damper on things, it seems to have gone on as usual. After all, it IS a tradition!