Thousands attend Easter sunrise service at Red Rocks

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MORRISON, Colo. -- It is an Easter service that is known around the world.

The sunrise service at Red Rocks Amphitheater brings out tens of thousands of people every year.

This year the weather seemed to cooperate for the early risers. They came before dawn, bundled up for warmth and ready to celebrate Easter at Red Rocks amphitheater.

“It’s interesting to get up at 4 a.m. and experience church in this setting,” said Jeff Osboe. “This is very cool.”

With the red rocks jutting up around them and with an incredible view of the city before them, tens of thousands of people packed into the stands for the music, dancing and a sermon.

“It is on this day of resurrection, the third day, we celebrate Easter,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, who is a deacon at New Life Baptist Church. “The son of man proved too powerful for the grave. He conquered death.”

This annual sunrise service brings out people from around the state, the nation and even the world.

“I’ve never been to red rocks so I figured why not come for this,” said a woman in the crowd. “It’s amazing, it’s so gorgeous.”

As the sun came up, the early start and the long lines all seemed worth it.

Visitors also brought out non-perishable food items to donate to the Compa food ministry.