Our Juneteenth Music Festival slide show depicts the fun and frolic associated with this venerable Denver event, which took place on Saturday. But afterward, there were a lot fewer smiles, and a lot more crinkled noses, because the streets where the fest took place were still piled with trash until yesterday evening -- much like the mess left by the High Times Cannabis Cup on Earth Day.
The Juneteenth organizer has apologized for the now-resolved situation. See photos and a video below.
The day after the festival, a visitor to the Juneteenth Facebook page wrote, "As of 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, trash is everywhere up and down Welton. What a joke."
Accompanying this post were several photos, including this one....
...and this one....
...and this one:
Additionally, 9News heard from neighbors upset by the rubbish -- and one or more of them supplied photos as well. Here's one shot from the station's coverage....
How did organizer Norman Harris respond? Continue for more about the trash left behind by the Juneteenth Music Festival, including additional photos and a video.
Harris told 9News that he'd contracted with a crew tasked with cleaning up after the festival, but the workers had flaked on him.
As a result, he and several helpers spent a considerable chunk of yesterday cleaning up what should have been cleaned earlier. He also apologized for the mess to station viewers and the entire Five Points neighborhood, where Juneteenth is a summertime staple.
Afterward, a couple of considerably tidier-looking shots were shared on the Juneteenth Facebook page. Here's one....
...and here's a second:
The caption on the pics reads, "26th and Welton at 6:00 p.m. today. We picked up the mess...just a little late."
The responses to the trashy oversights at the Cannabis Cup and Juneteenth should serve as a reminder to people putting on future bashes. To whit: There's no quicker way to sour people on events than to leave the areas where they took place looking like garbage dumps the day after.
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Here's the aforementioned 9News report:
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