Recap, Photos and Video of the Fort Worth Global Marijuana March

Posted on: May 6, 2013

On May 4, 2013, a sense of hope and freedom filled the air as marijuana supporters gathered at Hyde Park in Fort Worth, Texas to participate in DFW NORML’s annual Global Marijuana March. The energy could be felt from the very beginning, as volunteers and vendors gathered early outside of the Mambo’s Tapa’s Cantina to set up for the day’s events. Participants and supporters mingled, danced, shouted and sang as they enjoyed live music played from the Mambo’s 2nd floor roof patio.

The day’s music included the talented, festive, and mellow sounds of The Effinays, Bum Lucky, Radsha, Pablo and the Hemphill 7, The Gypsy Bravado, and The Boss Level, which were all perfect compliments to the glass blowing and other vendor demonstrations taking place below.

After enjoying these activities and some lunch at Mambo’s Tapa’s Cantina came the march. At 4:20 pm, DFW NORML’s members and supporters began to march. Flags were waved, signs were held, and the sound of “1-2-3, we want weed!” echoed through the streets. What began as a march of around 300 people soon began to catch the attention of onlookers and passers-by. By the time marchers returned to Hyde Park, we had picked up an additional 200 supporters and a legalization parade that stretched for 9 blocks, resulting in an estimated 500 people!

Those who didn’t join in gave thumbs up, honked, waved, and stopped to video record the march as a show of support. One man even got out of his car at the intersection of 9th and Commerce to video us with his phone. That clip can be seen at the 6:50 marker of the second video below. To top off an already incredible day, the march was also covered by Channel 5 (NBC DFW) and the Fort Worth Star Telegram, along with several other independent media outlets.

The weather that day was perfect and the day’s events, from start to finish, went smoothly without a single incident or need for police involvement. Saturday was a very proud day in history for both DFW NORML and the city of Fort Worth. DFW NORML greatly appreciates the march’s participants, sponsors, vendors, volunteers, the Park Central Hotel, as well as Federal Plaza and the city of Fort Worth for hosting this event.

Video clips from the 2013 Global Marijuana March in Fort Worth, Texas

Media coverage of the 2013 Global Marijuana March in Fort Worth, Texas

– Fort Worth Star Telegram – Advocates of legalized marijuana march through downtown Fort Worth
– CBS DFW – Supporters Gather For Global Marijuana March in Fort Worth
– Fort Worth Weekly – Blotch – If Marijuana is Legalized…
– Pot TV – Global Marijuana March 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas
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See a story or video clip we missed? Send it to us: thedfwnorml@gmail.com. Press/Media inquiries please contact shaun@dfwnorml.org. View more photos from the 2013 Fort Worth Marijuana March in our Flickr album here.

BANDS:

· The Effinays – Funk / Reggae / Rock
· Bum Lucky – Reggae / Dub Roots Reggae / Alternative Rock
· Radsha – Rock / Latin / Reggae / World
· The Gypsy Bravado – Rock / Psychedelic / Progressive Rock
· The Boss Level – Rock / Soul / Hip Hop
· Pablo and the Hemphill 7 – Reggae / Rock / Soul

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SPEAKERS:

· Shaun McAlister, Executive Director of DFW NORML
· Larry Talley, retired US Navy, member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and Strategist for DFW NORML
· Kory Watkins, Defender of Freedom
· Kooper Caraway, Organizer for the Dallas Brown Berets
· Jennie Reese, Moms for Marijuana
· Tristan Tucker, Executive Director of UNT NORML
· Chris Dobson, Candidate for Arlington Mayor
· Ryan Rodriguez, Founder of DFW NORML
· Elisabeth Rodriguez, Co-Founder of DFW NORML & NORML Women’s Alliance Member
· Clif Deuvall – Co-chair of Texas at US Marijuana Party of Texas, Chairman at Texas Cannabis Party and Founder Norml of Waco Inc. at NORML

SPONSORS
DFW NORML
Doobi.us
PVM Entertainment
UNT NORML
Habit’s Smoke Shop
Magical Butter
Hempy’s Emporium
Labyrinth Smoke Shop
Dragon’s Breath
Filter’s Smoke Shop
Hostile Pipes
Feed Your Head
Mary Jane Smokewear
The T-Shirt Printer.com
89.3 KNON
Mambo’s Tapa’s Cantina
Fort Worth Weekly
Verve Energy Drink
The Cash Hyde Foundation
Moms for Marijuana
Modified Models
Smoke Room Photography
– Frank’s Tires & Wheels
– Flyer Artwork by Vinh @ VinhLuanLuu.com

Photos from the 2013 Global Marijuana March in Fort Worth, Texas