Coachella was one of the first major music festivals to be called off at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, in spring 2020.

But finally, on Friday, April 15 — after three years, three postponements, and multiple lineup revisions

the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival triumphantly returned to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif.

Just how triumphant a return it will be, in the long term, of course remains to be seen. With coronavirus cases on the rise again nationally

the decision by Coachella promoter Goldenvoice to drop most COVID precautions

including masking, social-distancing, and requiring concertgoers to provide proof of either vaccination or a negative test — could prove to be risky.

But on Friday, roughly 100,000 care-free desert revelers were simply happy to party like it was 2019.

In 2022, Billie Eilish, for one, is returning to the festival as a headliner, which comes years after her 2019 Coachella debut.

The “Bad Guy” singer’s experience performing at the event was chronicled in her AppleTV+ documentary Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry, which was released in February 2021.

As they gear up for the highly anticipated weekend, Coachella has implemented health and safety rules amid the ongoing pandemic.