Can TicTock replace traditional birthday party invitations? The same question Ticketock user @ adrian.lopez517 dared to ask, and the world answered yes. Thousands of people crowded into Huntington Beach, California in response to knowing about the “Adrian’s Kickback”, with some saying they went out of state to attend the event.
The Huntington Beach Police Department estimated that 2,500 people arrived Saturday night in response to seeing a birthday party advertised on TickTalk. At seven in the evening, the police declared the party an illegal gathering and imposed an emergency curfew. By the end of the night, he had arrested around 150 people on charges of curfew violation, failure to disperse, sabotage and fireworks.
The story may seem like the premise of the latest teen party film, but is sometimes stranger than real-life fantasy. We have obtained all the details below for you on Adrian’s Kickback.
Last Monday, a Tittock video advertised the birthday party of someone named Adrian Lopez. The video states that the party will be held by the Fire Pits on Huntington Beach at 7:30 pm on Saturday night. The hashtag #adriansickback was viewed more than 180 million times in six days.
The hashtag garnered so much attention that it hit the Huntington Beach Police Department’s radar. On Friday evening, the department tweeted, “We are actively monitoring several social media posts advertising a large gathering on the beach this weekend”. He said they would “strictly enforce all applicable laws and ordinances over the weekend”.
That warning did nothing to discourage party goers. Hundreds of people arrived at Huntington Beach on Friday night, apparently confused as to when Adrian’s kickback would occur. Many of them turned around for the main event. More than 2,000 people arrived for the party on Saturday night.
Mighty Fine Shindig
A crowd of youngsters partying on the streets is seen in Soori’s video on Saturday night. They danced, mashed, stoplights and lifeguards climbed towers and fireworks for hours. Crowds filled the beach and swarmed in the streets of Huntington Beach.
The police hastened to declare the situation an unlawful assembly, but it did nothing to stop the parties. Allegedly, several businesses and police cruisers were ransacked. Some participants in the event claimed that the police fired paintballs at the attendees, while the police claimed that the party threw stones and bottles at them.
It is clear that by the end of the night, the Huntington Beach Police Department had arrested 121 adults and twenty-eight minors for various charges. Some online criticized the department for tolerating anti-mask and white nationalist gatherings, closing Adrian’s kickbacks. Others pointed out that the previous assemblies had not drawn nearly the same size crowd.
Will the real Adrian Lopez please stand up?
On Sunday, TicTok began removing some videos from the party. The others were left untouched, as was the account that started it all, Adrian. Lopez 517. The account has now been set to private, and many people have come forward online to claim Adrian Lopez’s identity.
– Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) May 23, 2021
Taylor Lorenz, a reporter for the new York Times, Flew from Puerto Rico to Los Angeles to participate in Adrian’s kickbacks. While living there, he interviewed two people who claimed that the original Ticketcock video had been made an advertisement for the party. Both seemed genuinely shocked by the attention the video received online and the real-world turnout for Adrian’s kickbacks. Then, who wouldn’t?
Are you sad to miss the party, or are you among those who have traveled hundreds of miles to participate in the Adrian kickback? Tell us in the comments!