Cullen Street

11 am Friday 5 May

10:45am : Gather on the footpath outside Nimbin Hospital

March for cannabis law reform

From Nimbin Hospital across the road to the Police Station to deliver a request for them to treat us, and our choice of medicine and recreation, as part of everyday life – not a criminal matter.

7 pm Friday 5 May

Outside Daizy’s – Nimbin Street Drummers

On Friday nights Cullen street comes alive with drumming – Aboriginal – African- Carribean- Latin American. The percussion circle right on Nimbin’s own ‘Blister’ attracts local musicians, dancers and revellers every Friday night until late.

4 pm Saturday 6 May

Kombi Konvoy!!

…rolls up in Nimbin having wended its way from Byron Bay.  Line the street to welcome up to 100 kombis!

4.20 pm Saturday 6 May

Global Marijuana March!!

Welcome to the Earth’s longest running “Four Twenty” Demonstration in Nimbin! Come on everybody! It’s time to take control of the street! OCCUPY!! Stand shoulder-to-shoulder with your fellow cannabis lovers and light whatever you have in your hand, and let’s appreciate that all around the world millions of people are smoking pot at Four Twenty. They are getting together outside factories and offices. They are lighting up in homes and in gardens and on beaches, and pretty much everywhere! At Four Twenty everyone ought to be thinking pot for peace and peace for pot and ways to achieve it!! Thank each other for bravery in the face of what can seem at times to be overwhelming opposition, and for standing strong against those who think cannabis is a problem. Thank each other for spreading the word that cannabis is part of the solution. Now take this vibe out into the world and tell everyone you meet that there is a tribal wave of change coming. Tell them everything you learned at Nimbin MardiGrass!! [More at bigjoint.org]

2 pm Sunday 7 May

MardiGrass Parade!!

Gather and get ready for the MardiGrass Parade!! Meet at the exit of the western car park, across the road from the Community Centre Market. The march is the main event, so please walk with us for cannabis law reform!

Led by the Widjibal Elders of the Bunjalung Nation, with children holding the Koori flag, the parade this year will make its way south along Cullen street past the Police Station where it will turn left and head down Cecil Street and around to the Hash Bowl Stage in Sativa Stadium for the Cannabis Law Reform Rally, speeches and MardiGrass Float Prize presentations. There is also a short cut down past Green Bank if you run out of puff! Just follow the GANJA FAERIES and the BIG JOINT!!

The Ganja Faeries celebrate the spirit of MardiGrass. They dance behind the Bundjalung people who traditionally welcome the protesters to their country each year. Their dance has itself become a tradition simply because the laws remain unacceptable to all self respecting ganja users, be they Bundjalung, faeries or otherwise.

Rally speeches from Bundjalung Elders, Michael Balderstone, Ganja Faeries and cannabis activists and law reformists from around the globe.

This is our twenty-fifth consecutive annual Rally for Cannabis Law Reform. We vowed to Rally every year on the first Sunday in May until we are no longer criminals for using this herb. Prohibition is an incitement, not a control! MardiGrass will become a Festival when we can celebrate the herb without fear of prosecution and persecution. When the Police have a float in the street parade behind the Ganja Faeries, Big Joint & POLITE, then we really will have a proper festival and celebration. In the meantime, this annual event is a POLITICAL PROTEST RALLY.

7 pm Sunday 7 May

Outside Daizy’s – Drumming circle

Vibrate into the closing hours of MardiGrass.