Seven self-proclaimed members of the Rainbow Family — and one Boulder resident who’s not part of the traveling hippies — face municipal fines after police found them sleeping on the roof of the Boulder Public Library.
A custodian spotted the inventive campers on top of the 1001 Arapahoe Ave. library about 6:10 a.m. Wednesday and called police. Officers found eight people passed out in sleeping bags with their belongings scattered around and with two small dogs, said Boulder police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley.
“There is no easy access onto the roof, so they would have had to climb up the side of the building and use landscaping,”
Initially, police calls to the campers went unanswered, and they asked the Boulder Fire Department to help them get the campers down. Three police officers climbed fire truck ladders to get on the roof, where Huntley said they immediately saw a man and woman sleeping next to each other in sleeping bags.
Nearby they found more campers “sound asleep” among their belongings, along with the small dogs, Huntley said...
Seven of the suspects told officers they belong to the Rainbow Family — a band of hippies that preaches love, tolerance and peace and holds gatherings every July — and said they’re just passing through Boulder after the annual event in New Mexico.
They told police they had taken some illegal psychedelic drugs before climbing on the library roof, Huntley said.
A member of the Rainbow Family, who’s staying in Boulder and knows the people arrested for sleeping on the library Wednesday, said they’ve recently been spending time on the Pearl Street Mall and playing music near the corner of Pearl and 11th streets.
“I don’t know what they were thinking to climb on a public building with seven dirty hippies and two dogs,”
said the man, who would only give his hippie name, Crystal Biscuit.