On Saturday morning, the Associated Press determined that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election. By 11 a.m., Denverites began to gather in front of the state Capitol building. The crowd grew as more people began driving around the neighborhood. The cacophony of honking horns and shouting was unending for several hours.
Around noon, a group of President Donald Trump’s supporters arrived at the Capitol.
Some held flags. Others carried signs reading things like “stop the steal,” referring to an unfounded belief that the election was unfairly tilted in Biden’s favor.
Most of the people at the Capitol celebrating Biden’s win left shortly after the Trump supporters arrived, but some remained and began shouting at the new arrivals. As the yelling intensified, Colorado State Patrol officers emerged from the Capitol and stood between the two crowds.
The vibe was entirely different at Cheesman Park.
Around 1 p.m., people began gathering on the lawn for an organized celebration. A band played eastern European folk music. People played yard games, drank beer and champagne, smoked pot, petted dogs and lounged in the grass. Then, speakers like State Sen. Julie Gonzales, newly elected state Rep. Iman Jodeh and Denver Public Schools board member Tay Anderson addressed the crowd.