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NYC Cannabis Parade And Rally Held To Push For Marijuana Legalization

NEW YORK, NY – The push to legalize marijuana took to the streets of the Big Apple on Saturday at the annual NYC Cannabis Parade and Rally.

It continued a tradition that dates back to the 1973, when a “smoke-in” was held at Washington Square Park.  Since then, the celebration held on the first Saturday every May has evolved into what organizers call one of the longest-running marijuana legalization events in the world.

Participants assembled in the morning for a parade down Broadway to Union Square Park. A number of streets were closed off in Manhattan for the parade.

The day continued with a rally Saturday afternoon featuring leaders in the marijuana industry, elected officials, activists, and and musical entertainment by world-class performers such as Redman, Dead Prez and 420 Funk Mob

A street fair with the parade’s sponsors and drug reform organizations was set up across from the stage.

The event culminated with an after-party at THC NYC on Broadway that included food, mocktails by HighGarden, and music.

On the event’s web site, organizers said, “We’re proud to have, for many decades, played a role in educating New Yorkers about prohibition and what needed to be done to change the state’s outdated cannabis laws.”  But they noted that change has been moving more slowly on the federal level when it comes to marijuana legalization.

The event’s organizers added, “As we enter a new era, we must remain vigilant and keep our eyes on implementation and diversity as the cannabis industry grows in New York and across the Northeast.”

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