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Paint The Town Purple For The Rockies’ Home Opener

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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock paints a wide purple stripe down Blake Street in downtown Denver on Thursday (credit: CBS)

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock paints a wide purple stripe down Blake Street in downtown Denver on Thursday (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4)- Downtown Denver is awash in purple in anticipation of the Colorado Rockies’ home opener on Friday.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock helped Denver Public Works paint an 18-inch wide stripe of purple along the middle of Blake Street form 22nd to 19th.

“Opening day in Colorado for the Rockies has really become something very special in the lives of this community. I don’t think any work is going to get done tomorrow because everyone will be here and getting ready certainly to send our Colorado Rockies to what we hope to be a successful season. This is a special day in the life of Denver,” said Hancock.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock shows his true colors (credit: Miles Bullock)

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock shows his true colors (credit: Miles Bullock)

In addition to the purple stripe the painting crew added the Colorado Rockies logo along Blake.

The painting of the purple stripe is a tradition which began in 1995 and is a tradition for the Rockies’ home opener.

“This is mild. We would love to paint the whole block purple!” said Hancock.

The water-based paint is not permanent and will not harm the environment.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock gets suited up to paint a purple stripe down Blake Street (credit: Miles Bullock)

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock gets suited up to paint a purple stripe down Blake Street (credit: Miles Bullock)

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