Nimbins party with a message

MardiGrass is something a bit different. Actually, its a lot different to the festivals and shows that you normally go to. For a start its not organised by a company, a promoter or a government body. Its organised by residents of Nimbin. Its not for profit, its for fun and knowledge.

Its not expensive, theres not a lot of bouncers and the people who go there are as diverse as one planet can make it. People come from all over the world to be a part of this party. (A French woman won the Iron Grower Person event in the Hemp Olympix last year.)

They can groove to the music, enjoy comedy, learn about cannabis and hemp, dance in the parade on Sunday, eat fine food, meet a policeman and generally have a ball.

MardiGrass, which happens this weekend from Friday night to Sunday, May 2-4, is about cannabis about law reform so that the people who use marijuana are not classified as criminals; about knowledge so that the many benefits of hemp can be utilised.

Theres lots of smiles, lots of peace and joy, and lots of cops. Bring a hat.

A full weekend pass costs $30 and gives you access to all official activities, including those in Peace Park and the Nimbin Town Hall. A one-day pass for either Saturday or Sunday costs $20. A full weekend and camping pass is $50.

For the full program visit www.nimbinmardigrass.com.


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