Want to be a Ganja Faerie?
“Hello Ganja Faeries! Yes, that means you! If you come to march at the annual MardiGrass Cannabis Law Reform March and Rally, and you can dance, you’re one of us!
Ganja Faeries are the spirit of the MardiGrass Cannabis Law Reform March and Rally. They dance behind the Bundjalung people who traditionally welcome the protesters to their country each year. The ganja faery dance has itself become a tradition simply because the laws remain unacceptable to all self respecting ganja users, be they Bundjalung, faeries or otherwise. Each year the faerie community in Nimbin come together to choreograph a routine for the march and the result is a riot of colour and rhythm on the day.
You are welcome to join us!
One week before MardiGrass we hold a dance workshop where we show all the new ganja faeries the steps and inspire them to wear costumes. We do it again the day before the parade to make sure everyone knows which way to go when. It’s lots of fun but you need to be fit because on the day it’s a long way to dance and frolic and make lots of noise nd you’ll probably be stoned as well. Water is essential. Dropping out is not an option. Ganja Faeries go to the end. So come and practice!
No experience needed, just enthusiasm. Ask around town when you get here. Start dreaming up your costume now – the common thread is green, in all its shades, in all styles, in all your glory! Ganja Faeries are all different but all the same.
We create dance steps for the grand parade where we can be a sea of green moving in rhythm to the drums. We sew our costumes and make them wilder every year.
Check out the past years photos and the video footage. If you can’t get here in time for the workshops you are urged to simply join the march and stand up and be counted in all your greenery.
This year’s parade organisers would love to once again create two percussion groups for this parade. We envisage one small group of drummers – the Ganja Faerie Drummers moving with the Faeries, whilst the Hemp Drummers line the street creating a guard of percussion and energy. The parade moves through with the Hemp Drummers falling into the Parade at the end, creating a dynamic and powerful finale at the end of the parade to keep the energy up and moving. The Ganja Faeries Drummers who have been working with the Faeries are already organised but we would love all other musos and drummers to be part of this other incredible percussion force.
If you are already in Nimbin rehearsals are held at 5:30pm on Wednesdays. Meet at the Oasis café across the road from the Dance Studio at the north end of town.
If you do the workshops you get to dance in the faerie troupe, but if you cant make it for that you can still march in the parade as a Faerie!