Pearl Street Mall’s Friday crowd mainly damages outdoor furniture – The Denver Post

No arrests have been made or tickets issued so far in response to property damage to businesses in the 1100 block of Pearl Street caused by a large crowd of partygoers that gathered late Friday night, according to Boulder police.

Boulder police Sgt. Michael Marquez said most of the property damage was to patio furniture, as well as some minor damage to windows and outdoor heating posts.

He said police are still looking at video footage from the property owners to try to identify those conducting illegal activity.

In a news release Saturday, Boulder police said the crowd of roughly 200 people first began developing about 9:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of Pearl Street. The crowd had more than quadrupled by 11 p.m., with some participants hanging from light poles and trees, accessing rooftops and causing property damage.

There are some indications that at least some participants were drawn to the area in response to social media efforts to resurrect the Pearl Street Mall Crawl, a Halloween tradition that businesses and city officials have discouraged in recent years due to safety and property damage concerns, according to the release.

Japango appeared to have suffered the worst of the damage, with restaurant owner Jon Banis saying the crowd destroyed the restaurant’s front patio furniture.

He said he packed up the patio Saturday night just in case, but the crowds were lighter and not destructive. Sunday, he gave his staff the day off, closing the restaurant but hanging out on the patio with his wife and daughter to hand out candy for the Munchkin Masquerade.

“We’re all for a good time, but what hapened Friday went a little bit too far the other way,” he said.

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