Clearly, an event as large as Vancouver’s 420 rally shows that peaceful protest and revelry is possible with a minimum of police interference. However, I do have some suggestions for the event’s organizers.
If there is one problem with the celebration, it’s that it has grown too large for its own good. There’s not much delight in standing around for hours in a crowd that’s too dense to navigate. There were dozens of vendors on site, but I scarcely had a chance to check out any of the booths due to the crush of attendees. There’s no way to tell people to stay home, but there could be some sort of pedestrian traffic plan for events like this. And when it’s sunny, encourage people to bring blankets and sit down.
Another improvement would be roving first aid attendants. Perhaps there were first aiders on site, but, due to the large crowds, I could not find them. In spite of the rain, April 20 was a deceptively warm day and I saw several people, myself included, who felt a little faint. However, as I was leaving the VAG, I did catch sight of a few ambulances. Unfortunately, when you couple a medical emergency with a nearly impassible crowd, there is a recipe for potential disaster.
Also, stoners get cotton mouth. The obvious solution is free water stations.