Your Guide to the NYC Cannabis Parade and Rally

Marijuana enthusiasts are gearing up for the annual NYC Cannabis Parade and Rally, a celebration of cannabis culture and advocacy for legalization. Here’s everything you need to know about the event:

Origins and Legacy

The NYC Cannabis Parade and Rally has a rich history, dating back to 1973 when it began as a “smoke-in” at Washington Square Park. Over the years, it has evolved into one of the longest-running marijuana legalization events globally, symbolizing the ongoing fight for cannabis reform.

Parade Details

  • Assembly: The parade will assemble at 11 a.m. on Saturday, between 32nd and 33rd streets on the east side of Broadway.
  • Start Time: At noon, paradegoers will commence their march down Broadway.
  • Route: The parade will proceed southbound on Broadway, spanning from 32nd Street to Union Square Park at 14th Street.

Rally and Street Fair

  • Location: The rally will take place in Union Square Park’s South Plaza from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Highlights: Expect speeches from leaders in the marijuana industry, elected officials’ appearances, and performances by artists like Havoc from Mobb Deep and Raul Midón. A vibrant street fair featuring the parade’s sponsors and drug reform organizations will accompany the rally.


  • Venue: THC NYC at 427 Broadway will host the after-party from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Tickets: Admission to the after-party requires a purchased ticket, priced at $20. Attendees can enjoy food, mocktails by HighGarden, live music, and more.

Street Closures

Several streets will experience closures during the parade to facilitate the event. These closures, listed by the Department of Transportation, include segments of Broadway, West 26th Street, East 18th Street, Park Avenue South, Union Square East, and East 14th Street. It’s advisable to plan alternate routes if traveling in the vicinity.

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As the NYC Cannabis Parade and Rally unfolds, participants and supporters alike will come together to advocate for cannabis reform, celebrate progress, and push for a future where marijuana legalization is a reality. Whether you’re marching, attending the rally, or joining the after-party, the event promises an exciting day filled with activism and camaraderie.

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