Paddle for peace
Ian Cohen, Greens Upper House MP and peace activist, will lead the Byron Peace Flotilla in a Paddle Out for Peace this Saturday, September 23, at 10am from the Peace Pole next to the Byron Bay Surf Club. (That sentence had a lot of capitals, eh?)
Local clubs, including nippers, short boarders, bodyboarders, longboarders, kayakers and the odd rubber ducky are invited to participate to send the wave of peace out from Byron Bay over the oceans and across the globe. Cool.
The peace-riders will assemble at the Peace Pole at 9.30am. Theyll receive a ceremonial send off from local Elders, Aboriginal dancers, peace activists and the North Coast community, while being serenaded to the waters edge by the Byron Peace Orchestra. North Coast residents are invited to cheer on these peace messengers. Musos are invited to be a part of the Peace Orchestra.
Then, weather permitting, Peace Man will descend from the sky, flying on the tail of the Peace Dove.
The Peace Parade starts from the Peace Pole at 11am and ends at Railway Park, where the spring fever hots up with a free Planetary Peace Party at 1pm. Youth bands, hip hop, rap, Irish, reggae, jazz, world music, comedy, poetry and a sunset equinox ceremony, conducted by the Priestesses of Gaia. Wow!
What next? A group hug? Sadly, yep.