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Annual 4/20 Festival Cost Vancouver Taxpayers 148,000

4/20 Vancouver

Photo: @vlad0009777 / Instagram

Nearly a month after the largest 4/20 Festival in Vancouver, the city has released an expense report noting the higher than usual cost.

According to the city, the event cost taxpayers $148,000, $55,000 more than last year’s bill of $93,000.

A major contributor to the increase was the higher turnout, and because the event took place at two separate locations.

While typically held at the Vancouver Art Gallery, organizers moved the event to Sunset Beach. On the day of the festival however, a large number of people flooded to Sunset Beach, but a small amount still held ‘protests’ at the Art Gallery. This amounted to higher resources, as outlined in the expense report below.

Vancouver 4/20 Festival costs:

Vancouver Police Department: $99,400

Vancouver Park Board: $24,000

Streets and Sanitation (cleaning): $13,600

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services: $6,900

Traffic, Special Events & Emergency Management: $4,100

Total costs:  $148,000


In support of Pride festivities, Sunset Beach will host another festival this summer.


Image via vlad0009777 / Instagram.

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