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Animas River human chain brings out the masses

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Candye Sauer has a little fun while holding hands during Durango Connect on the Animas River Trail on Thursday morning near Rotary Park. Many workplaces temporarily closed or got by with skeleton crews so employees could participate.
Participants join hands near Rotary Park. Participants called Durango Connect the 7-mile-long, 10-feet-wide party.
Participants in Durango Connect hold hands on the Animas River Trail on Thursday morning near Rotary Park. Organizers noted the turnout of 9,000 was remarkable for a town with 16,000 residents.
Durango Connect participants line the bridge behind Durango Mall, which makes up the trail’s newest segment. Its completion inspired the celebration.
“I just came out here to play,” said Kyra Kopestonsky during Durango Connect on Thursday morning on the Animas River Trail near East 29th Street. A variety of entertainers, including a polka band, drummers, magicians and cross-dressing singing legend Ralph Dinosaur, also performed.
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