11 am Friday 4 May
10:45am : Gather on the footpath outside Nimbin Hospital, Cullen Street
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.
5 pm Friday 4 May
25th MardiGrass Opening Ceremony – Allsop Park
After the arrival of Chibo carrying the Hemp Olympix Torch with the Eternal Flame For The Victims Of Prohibition, the Bundjalung Custodians will do a smoking ceremony and welcome to country followed by a minutes silence to remember our Brothers and Sisters, Victims of this senseless War on Drugs. Captain Cook stayed at Botany Bay from 29th April to May 7th 1770 when he raised the flag 247 years ago.
7 pm Friday 4 May
Nimbin Street Drummers – Outside Daizy’s, Cullen Street
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.
10.30 am – 4 pm Saturday 5 May
MardiGrass 2017 Skateboard Competition – Nimbin Skatepark, 9 Sibley Street
Skate competition hosted by Slapweh Skate Co. Best Trick and Best Run with giveaways and raffles to be won. Open skate between heats. Cash prizes and prize packs. Live art and music will be on during the day. Slapweh Skate Co store will be open all day selling Australian skate brands with D.I.Y tie dying available.
11 am: Under 14s
12 pm: Under 16s
1 pm: Free Skate
2 pm: Women’s comp
3 pm: Open comp
4 pm Saturday 5 May
…rolls up in Nimbin having wended its way from Byron Bay. Line Cullen Street to welcome up to 100 kombis!
4.20 pm Saturday 5 May
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 6 May
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!
The Parade this year will gather inside the western car park near the exit and led by the Widjibal Elders of the Bunjalung Nation, with children holding the Koori flag, make its way south along Cullen street to the Police Station where it will turn left and head down past the Greenbank into to Sativa Stadium for the Cannabis Law Reform Rally, speeches and presentations. 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 6 May
Drumming circle – Outside Daizy’s, Cullen Street
Vibrate into the closing hours of MardiGrass.
PROP AND COSTUME MAKING FOR SUNDAY PARADE
7 Sibley Street
SPontanous Art Event #imaginorium @ 7 Sibley St (On the way to the skate park) DRop in and get creative with local makers of sculpture, puppets and fun. #imaginorium is building some fabulous props for this years protest parade on Sunday. EVer wanted to be a more colourful part of protest? Get your creative skates on to paint, sew, cut and bedazzle!! Happening throughout Friday and Saturday!
39 Cullen Street
Chill zone: Herbal teas, organic foods, therapists and relaxing massage all weekend.
Oasis Cafe Chill Space
80 Cullen Street
In The Green Zone behind the Nimbin Cafe OASIS. Always open.
Aboriginal Arts & Culture Centre
Sibley Street on the way to the Skatepark
The Nimbin Aboriginal Arts and Culture Centre will be open throughout the MardiGrass weekend with Bush Tucker, an Art Exhibition and a chance to talk with Local Elders to discuss the impact of prohibition on their culture and people.