Here’s a look at the first day of festivities in images gathered via Twitter and Facebook. Friday was a good day for a party and most things CHBP seemed to go off without major hitches. The line for will call was a regular source of bitching with many complaining of waits up to 35 minutes to enter the festival. Another common complaint: squeezing the 7,000 or so in attendance today onto E Pike made for close quarters. But what’s a three-day music fest without a little shoulder rubbing.
On the 911 side of things, it has been a mostly quiet night with only a handful of medical callouts for issues related to things like the heat and, yes, the booze. Cops have had it mostly quiet, too. A large crowd gathered around a fight outside the CHBP gates near the Shell Station but the situation was quickly defused. Other than that, the most exciting thing might have been the nine or ten nude bicyclists reported cruising down Broadway passed Dick’s, of course.
Also reported — but not involving SPD — was a marching band touring Pike/Pine, MGMT eating at Po Dog, and quite a few bragging of simply walking into the Block Party without a ticket later in the night.
Photo: DAlbrightVideo: Cal Anderson Park
Photo: Dixon Hamby