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Where Is MardiGrass?

Nimbin, Australia

When Is MardiGrass?

1st Saturday of May for 2 days

What Is MardiGrass?

Often confused with the Christian celebration of Mardi Gras, the MardiGrass festival held every year in Nimbin, News South Wales, Australia is anything but religious. The annual event, held on the first weekend of May, is a form of protest against the prohibitions set on the plant cannabis and its use. It attracts around 15,000 people every year.
Already for 18 years in 2011, the MardiGrass traces its roots to a certain demonstration activity in March 1993 outside the police station in Nimbin to protest against what the activists saw as random raids and arrests made against people who grow, process and use cannabis. Later in May that year, activities and members of the Nimbin Hemp Embassy held a peaceful protest against the prohibitions and limitations set on cannabis. This was the beginning of the MardiGrass, which activists vowed to continue holding annually until legislation against cannabis is repealed.
Today, the MardiGrass is a weekend event and its highlight is the protest rally and parade which starts from across the Nimbin police station, winds through Peach Park with the Big Joint and the Granja Faeries. Other activities include Hemp Olympics, street theater performances, the Pickers' Ball, the Nimbin Cannabis Cup, a Hemp forum, and the Growers Iron Person obstacle course.
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