DENVER -- About 80 to 100 bags of trash were strewn all over Civic Center Park in downtown Denver on Friday morning, one day after thousands of people attended a 4/20 festival.
Santino Walter, the event producer of the 420 rally and the owner of Civic Center Park Productions, said all of the trash from the rally had been bagged overnight and was set to be picked up.
"Everything went according to plan until about midnight or 1 a.m.," Walter said. "And when we got here at 6 a.m., we noticed all 80 trash bags had been cut up with a knife and dumped all over the park."
The park was littered with uneaten food, bottles, cans and other debris.
"It was disheartening, but you never know the reasons why someone is looking for something," Walter said. "They could have been looking for food, they could have been looking for money. It is what it is."
Walter said organizers and a crew of 14 day laborers are working to clean up the trash. It has a permit until noon.
He said a trash truck was being brought in and a power-wash cleanup crew is expected to arrive later Friday morning.
The event included vendors and food trucks, as well as a concert by 2 Chainz that ended about 6 p.m. The marijuana smoke-in by the thousands of attendees happened at 4:20 p.m. The festival was scheduled to end at 8 p.m.