New York City Cannabis Parade and Rally
Historic counterculture event f/k/a The Fifth Avenue Pot Parade, Cures Not Wars,
Noah Potter: Co-organizer May 2011- present
The origins of the NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally, which began as a “Smoke-In” organized by the Yippies in 1973, are a little hazy.
In the mid-1960s, Beat poet Allen Ginsberg organized LeMar, for Legalize Marijuana, and picketed outside Jefferson Market Courthouse (now a library) in New York’s West Village, and outside Christadora House, where federal offices were located in the East Village, opposite Tompkins Square Park.
A few years later, the hippie scene in the East Village was centered in Tompkins Square Park, with concerts by top acts like the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Charles Mingus and The Fugs at the band shell. Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Dana Beal, A.J. Weberman and Jim Fouratt were all part of that scene.[…]