Denver photos of the week, March 11-17

Have fun chasing your own luck out there Denver. We’ll be there to capture the moment when you do.

Natalie Mozur-Renn holds a fist out of her car window as protesters march by. A rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline, March 10, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Gabriel Lopez carries a "black snake" puppet. A rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline, March 10, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) march; protest; rally; sunken gardens; capitol; indigenous; native american; nodapl; dakota access pipeline; standing rock; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Gabriel Lopez carries a “black snake” puppet. A rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline, March 10. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver, you were super Irish this week. You were a lot of other things, but you both started and ended this seven-day cycle with lots of green and apparently a bunch of beer, too.

This week, we’re beginning with a Native American protest that happened on Friday after last week’s photos of the week post was finished.

The march from Sunken Gardens Park to the Capitol stopped traffic, which was OK with these two supportive rush hour species:

Natalie Mozur-Renn holds a fist out of her car window as protesters march by. A rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline, March 10, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) march; protest; rally; sunken gardens; capitol; indigenous; native american; nodapl; dakota access pipeline; standing rock; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Natalie Mozur-Renn holds a fist out of her car window as protesters march by. A rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline, March 10. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

On Saturday, Stephanie Mason saw some saddled fun over at the National Western Center.

That day, we went to another iconic Denver establishment: Lakeside Amusement Park, which was looking a little entropic.

A swings ride. Lakeside Amusement Park, March 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) lakeside amusement park; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
A swings ride. Lakeside Amusement Park, March 11. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Especially so since an allegedly drunk driver ran into part of the parking structure on Sheridan. They cleared the wreckage that morning with a crane arguably as old as the park.

Workers clear wreckage at Lakeside Amusement Park with a crane that's likely as old as the park is, March 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) lakeside amusement park; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
Workers clear wreckage at Lakeside Amusement Park with a crane that’s likely as old as the park is, March 11. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Later we went to observe the first Irish celebration of the week at Union Station, which was delightfully populated with a spectrum of cultural representation.

Rhyia Joyheart leads the Raven Dancers. St. Patrick's Day celebration, March 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) st. patricks day; union station; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite;
Rhyia Joyheart leads the Raven Dancers. St. Patrick’s Day celebration, March 11. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Of course, it was also a great time to watch some classic straight-armed Irish step dancing.

The Celtic Steps Irish dancers. St. Patrick's Day celebration, March 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) st. patricks day; union station; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite;
The Celtic Steps Irish dancers. St. Patrick’s Day celebration, March 11. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

And sometimes it’s the absence of something that draws the most attention. Last Saturday was the first in 7 weeks that didn’t see major protests in town.

Civic Center Park, March 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) civic center park; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
Civic Center Park, March 11. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

As the week kicked off, Andy explored the history of Denver’s elevated roadways.

A photo of the old 15th Street viaduct inside the Wazee Supper Club. LoDo. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) lodo; downtown; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite
A photo of the old 15th Street viaduct inside the Wazee Supper Club, LoDo. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

We took a moment to observe ongoing legal battles at the Capitol, like a bill to reduce early voting centers.

Colorado House of Representatives, March 15, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) capitol; copolitics; government; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado; house of representatives;
Colorado House of Representatives, March 15. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

And Evergreen Newspapers photographer Chancey Bush saw some most epic battles of her own.

Ashley explored the future home of the Big Wonderful, which is currently a pretty underwhelming vacant lot.

The future site of the Big Wonderful, March 15, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; big wonderful; globeville;
The future site of the Big Wonderful, March 15. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

And on Thursday we sat in on the progress of a House bill that aims to protect potentially marginalized communities in Colorado.

Iranian-American human rights advocate Iman Jodeh hugs Jo Ann Fujioka, who spent time in WWII-era American concentration camps, during a press conference for the Ralph Carr Freedom Defense Act, March 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) capitol; joe salazar; Ralph Carr Freedom Defense Act; copolitics; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Iranian-American human rights advocate Iman Jodeh hugs Jo Ann Fujioka, who spent time in WWII-era American concentration camps, during a press conference for the Ralph Carr Freedom Defense Act, March 16. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Now back to the Irish. Hope you’ve embraced the luck of the Blarney. Westword‘s Brandon Marshall did yesterday on St. Paddy’s day proper.

And so did the Denver Post‘s RJ Sangosti, who was after this little bugger’s lucky charms.

Have fun chasing your own luck out there Denver. We’ll be there to capture the moment when you do.

Kevin Beaty

Author: Kevin Beaty

Kevin Beaty is a media producer with experience in a variety of settings spanning Hollywood film sets to international backpack journalism expeditions. He is on a never-ending quest to meld artful imagery, functional design and intimate storytelling. His biggest struggle in any given moment is whether to shoot stills or video. Find him on Twitter and Instagram at @kevinjbeaty.