Dallas St. Patricks Day Parade Is Greener Than Usual
Posted on: March 24, 2014
The Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the National Organization for Reforming Marijuana Laws (DFWNORML) was allowed to march in St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Lower Greenville section of Dallas last weekend, becoming the highlight of the annual parade.
Last year the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association (GAABA) did not allow us to participate in the parade. The association deemed that DFWNORML was not a “family friendly” organization. That did not stop us from protesting at the parade nor the media jumping on the opportunity to point out the hypocrisy in excluding us when Snoop Dogg was the headliner.
This year was a much different story. With the legalization of recreational cannabis in Colorado and Washington and more states legalizing medical marijuana, views have softened down here in Texas. It would seem that cannabis reform is being seen as more “family friendly”.
Before the parade even began former WFAA anchor and parade field marshal Gloria Campos came over and talked to the group about marijuana decriminalization as well as posed for pictures with the group.
Despite the threat of rain and bad weather, over 100,000 people showed up for the parade. DFWNORML took the spotlight with 3 floats including a “freedom cage” with a pot leaf locked up inside and over 40 of our members handing out literature, stickers and bracelets to the crowd.
The crowd loved our DFWNORML floats.
The crowd seemed that they more so loved the idea of marijuana legalization in Texas though. We printed over 10,000 pieces of literature for the parade and distributed everything within the first 30 minutes. The parade go-ers were seemingly louder for our organizations floats then any other float in the parade.
At several points during the parade, the crowd engaged in deafening “LEGALIZE” chants.
Even law enforcement were getting in on the fun as well.
The Dallas Police Department was very receptive to our group and an officer was quoted saying “I could care less either way” in regards to marijuana legalization.
We set a great example for the community as we even helped clean off a Dallas Police officer that was covered in silly string by the crowd.
Members marching in the parade handed out literature to EMT’s. To quote several we spoke with, “I am afraid to tell you how I really feel”. They obviously wanted to support us but unfortunately feared losing their job.
When asked about our participation in the parade Executive Director, Shaun McAllister had this to say “Having the opportunity to officially participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a tremendous victory for DFW NORML and supporters of sensible marijuana policy around the world. Today we marched for everyone wrongfully imprisoned for possessing this plant as well as Texas patients being denied safe access to medical marijuana, farmers who have been forbidden by their own government from growing our heritage crop of industrial hemp and responsible adult cannabis consumers simply looking for a safer alternative to dangerous and addictive legal drugs like as pharmaceuticals, alcohol or tobacco. I’m delighted but not at all surprised by the amount of support we were shown by the 100,000 attendees, float participants, media crews and law enforcement officers at the parade, and am extremely grateful to the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association for granting our request to be a part of this iconic DFW tradition. This is truly a historic day for marijuana law reform in Texas and one of the proudest moments of my life.”
DFWNORML made thousands of amazing impressions upon the people of Dallas. I am certain we will definitely be seeing some new faces at the next monthly meeting on the 29th at 4:20PM at the Curtain Club which is located at 2800 Main Street in Dallas.
Our monthly meetings are always free and open to the public (18+). If you are under 18 you must come with a parent or guardian.
If you would like to see more images and video of the parade they can be found here.