Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Australia's Mardi Grass: 10,000 hippies, police and marijuana

Mardi Grass

More than 10,000 marijuana activists and hippies are due to descend on the mountain village of Nimbin, about 780 kilometers north of Sydney, for the 19th annual Mardi Grass Festival this weekend.

Ever since revelers stayed put after the 1973 Aquarius Festival, an event sometimes described as Australia's Woodstock, the tropical region has been the dope growers' capital of Australia.

It?s home to characters like the long-bearded, alien-spotting ?Rusty? Harris ?- who attracted musicians and flea markets during his 20-something court appearances while successfully appealing a marijuana possession charge.

The green activism rolls on. Sunday?s parade will see a cavalcade of Kombi vans, an inflatable joint and a barrage of outdoor music.

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