This past weekend gave rise to an event celebrating a day that is regarded as the stoner’s Christmas: 4/20.
The D Day 420 Party used to take place in downtown Jozi in the alley at the back of Carfax. It was alright but the lack of space that was an issue. The organisers heard the people’s cries & 2018’s party was held at Golden Harvest Park in Northgate.
I could already see the improvements as soon I got tagged in. From the parking to the sitting areas to the different cannamarket stalls to the 3 stages to the huge amount of shade. If you are a person that is one with nature, you would have been comfortable there.
There were over 3800 people at the D Day 420 Party, which is amazing. But, what really amazed me was the low incident rate. Only 1 person needed medical attention for dehydration & 1 other person was arrested outside the park for possession. Other than that, it was smooth sailing.
During their 4:20 speech, The Dagga Couple even gave a shout out to the Brigadier of the local SAPS for trusting them to have such an event in a space that is usually for Park Runs. I’m sure the police officers also saw the overall good vibes over the day, because I personally saw no signs of conflict among the people.
In conclusion, this was the best D Day party I have ever attended. Big shout out to The Dagga Couple & their sponsors, the vendors, the side entertainment, the weather, the people, the police, everybody! I speak for a lot of people when I say that 2019’s party should be just like this one.
Here are a few things I learnt:
- When they say “Gates open at 10am”, gates really open at 10am. African time doesn’t apply here. However, being late doesn’t hurt either because when you are stoned, time goes slooowly.
- Our entrance tags read “I am not a criminal”, which has been the motto for the Dagga Couple since they first got national attention in 2010.
- There were a lot of dreadlocks. Keywords: a lot! Dreads on black women, black men, white women, white men, coloured women, coloured men…I could go on all day, haha.
- This is something I also noticed when I was at Ultra: There was a healthy racial mix of attendees. Nelson and Winnie Mandela would be proud.
- Some improvements could be made in terms of the food lines, maybe open the door for more food vendors next year. Also consider getting a liquor licence that allows more than 1 bar at the venue. The lines there were a lot.
- The guy who DJ’d at the 2nd stage from 6pm…wow, wow, wow! He turned the ambience from a chilled stoner vibe into a proper groove for a good hour. You have one more fan, LEEU