All About The Democratic National Convention

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

Next week Denver will be hustling and bustling with thousands of people who are in town for the nearly week long Democratic National Convention.

It begins bright and early on Monday and will end on Thursday.

Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama will not be giving his acceptance speech inside the Pepsi Center. He's chose to deliver it outside at Invesco Field. Crews started building the set on Friday night. They wanted to wait until after the Denver Broncos Pre-season football game.

While the DNCC takes center stage soon residents got a sneak peak at the Pepsi Center where most of the events will be held.

The conversion from sports arena to DNCC centerpiece has taken several months and more than 600 people to build. The arena has blue carpet, a podium bathed in blue lights and projecting screens showing shooting stars in red, white and blue. The set is a mix of patriotism and high-end technology with video screens that actually curve out over the stage. The DNCC has brought more than 300-thousand pounds of lights and speakers and the ceiling had to be reinforced to hold them.

"It looks totally different. It is defiantly high technology and really something I think we're all going to be proud of," said Colorado Governor Bill Ritter.

A convoy of Salvation Army trucks from San Francisco, CA is also on its way. Volunteers left Friday morning. Colorado asked for the assistance just in case a major disaster occurs during the convention.

"Should something happen like weather related or riots or terrorist attacks or something like that and our portion of that was to provide 25,000 meals continuously twice a day at the start of the evacuation until more help arrived or everything was secure," said Ken Cavallero with the Salvation Army.

A Denver Police Department bulletin is also sparking controversy within the American Civil Liberties Union. It's asking law enforcement agents to be on the lookout. The ACLU is questioning the bulletin after police confronted a Denver activist about a pile of bricks outside her home. Turned out those bricks were for house repairs.

Also keep in mind that a five and a half mile stretch of Interstate-25 through downtown Denver will be closed at 5:30 P.M. on Thursday and will remain shut down until the night's events are over.

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