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Security Tide In Denver Ahead Of DNC Invesco Closing

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Stroll through the tree-lined streets of downtown Denver and indicia of massive security are everywhere, from Denver police patroling on bicycles to S.W.A.T. teams cruising around on foot and on vehicles as the Democratic National Convention shifted to Invesco Field for a closing.

The Pepsi Center itself, where most of the convention activities have been taking place, may as well have a moat around it. A huge perimeter has been set up around the Pepsi Center itself, and, as a non-VIP (that is, without a "Backstage" pass or "Podium" pass) you can't even touch that perimeter unless you have one of four passes:

(1) Perimeter: Yay! You get inside the perimeter, but get to wander around the parking lot all day, staring wistfully at the gated CNN Grill, where the staffers are giving out free ice cream--but only if you have a CNN pass.

(2) Arena: Lucky you! You get to actually step inside the Pepsi Center! But sorry, you cannot actually sit down in the arena seats and you aren't allowed in upper levels. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200 dollars.

(3) Hall: Get your camera ready because you've just won a trip to the arena itself! Nevermind that it may just be at the upper level, you totally rock.

(4) Floor: Floor passes are green. I think they're green because everyone turns green with envy when they see someone walking around with a Floor pass. Floor passes, literally enough, get you on the floor of the convention.

As credentialed bloggers, your friendly Daily Kos staff has Hall passes, and access to rotating Floor passes. This means that we can trade in our Hall pass for a Floor pass, but only for 30 minutes at a time. If you don't return from the floor in 30 minutes, you turn into a pumpkin.

Getting your hands on a Floor pass is like getting your hands on a Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. You get to be part of a dazzling and almost surreal experience. You're in a sea of thousands of people, you can stand in front of the stage as if you were at a rock concert (no moshing, though, please), and hey, gee whiz, there's Anderson Cooper sitting two feet away from me.

For tonight's festivities at Invesco Field, word around here is that people should anticipate waiting in line for several hours to pass through security.

Hours in the glaring sun to see Barack Obama, Howard Dean, Al Gore, and Bon Jovi?

Yeah. It's worth it.

Reported by Daily Kos by by Georgia10.

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