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Four Twenty 2013 in Porter Meadow at UC Santa Cruz
by Bradley Allen (bradley [at] riseup.net)
Sunday Apr 21st, 2013 11:47 AM
On Saturday, April 20, 2013, thousands of people participated in the annual 420 pilgrimage to Porter Meadow at UC Santa Cruz. Once again, the counterculture cannabis celebration brought people of diverse backgrounds together for an afternoon under the hot sun.
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[Photo: Students descend from Porter College into UCSC's Porter Meadow.]

This year there appeared to be more spectators and fewer spectacles. Similar to 420 in 2012, many people stayed under the forest canopy bordering the meadow due to the high temperature. In addition to smoking cannabis and socializing, people were face painting, relaxing in a hammock strung up in the redwoods, listening to live and recorded music, juggling, hula hooping, and taking pictures with friends.

In 2012, approximately 10 UC police officers walked into the meadow at 5 p.m. to surveil the celebration. The officers spoke briefly with some people, and left 15 minutes later, while the festivities continued on. This year around 5 p.m., a couple dozen police officers from UC Santa Cruz, as well as from UC San Francisco, walked around the meadow to let people know it was time to for them to move on. Police shrugged their shoulders and were both pleased and surprised while watching the mass exodus from the meadow.

Men in orange vests documented attendees with video and still cameras. I asked one of them who they were filming for and why. The gentleman said he was working for UCSC and, "the university wants to learn more about this event."

If you would like more information about 420 at UCSC, please see:

Coverage of 420 at UC Santa Cruz

2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, & 2012
§Film This Guy. Officer Garcia of UCSC PD Points At Me
by Bradley Allen Sunday Apr 21st, 2013 11:47 AM
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§Drumming in Porter Meadow
by Bradley Allen Sunday Apr 21st, 2013 11:47 AM
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§Sunglasses
by Bradley Allen Sunday Apr 21st, 2013 11:47 AM
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§Tent
by Bradley Allen Sunday Apr 21st, 2013 11:47 AM
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§Hula Hoop
by Bradley Allen Sunday Apr 21st, 2013 11:47 AM
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§Bird's Eye
by Bradley Allen Sunday Apr 21st, 2013 11:47 AM
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§Sitting on Trees
by Bradley Allen Sunday Apr 21st, 2013 11:47 AM
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§UCSC Banana Slugs
by Bradley Allen Sunday Apr 21st, 2013 11:47 AM
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§Status Update
by Bradley Allen Sunday Apr 21st, 2013 11:47 AM
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§420 2013 in Porter Meadow at UC Santa Cruz
by Bradley Allen Sunday Apr 21st, 2013 11:47 AM
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§Smoking a Joint at UC Santa Cruz
by Bradley Allen Sunday Apr 21st, 2013 11:47 AM
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§Smoke Rises Above Porter Meadow at UCSC
by Bradley Allen Sunday Apr 21st, 2013 11:47 AM
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§Face Painting on 420
by Bradley Allen Sunday Apr 21st, 2013 11:47 AM
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§All Eyez on Me
by Bradley Allen Sunday Apr 21st, 2013 11:47 AM
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§Exodus
by Bradley Allen Sunday Apr 21st, 2013 11:47 AM
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§UC San Francisco Police Officers in Porter Meadow at UCSC
by Bradley Allen Sunday Apr 21st, 2013 11:47 AM
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The officers said it was their day off, but they were asked to work. They had a choice between working in Oakland, Davis, and Santa Cruz. They chose Santa Cruz.
§University of California Police Clear People Out of Porter Meadow
by Bradley Allen Sunday Apr 21st, 2013 11:47 AM
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§Picnic's Over
by Bradley Allen Sunday Apr 21st, 2013 11:47 AM
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§UC Police Walk People Out of Porter Meadow
by Bradley Allen Sunday Apr 21st, 2013 11:47 AM
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§Redwoods
by Bradley Allen Sunday Apr 21st, 2013 11:49 AM
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