CANNAPARADE 2023: Young people march to demand the legalisation of cannabis
A look back at the demonstration in Paris on 27 May 2023
Summary (below in images) of the CANNAPARADE 2023 in Paris
The Cannaparade went off smoothly, as always in good spirits and with no clashes or police provocations.
Behind the banner of “impatient patients”, with members of the associations Principes Actifs, NORML France, Cannabis Sans Frontières and Act up Paris leading the demonstration, entertained at the head of the procession by the Fanfare Funk Tarace Boulba, followed by the presence of the representative of the CIRC, Dominique Broc, who had come from Poitiers to provide the logistical convoy for the demonstration.
Around 1,000 people gathered along the route between the Place de la République and the Place de la Bastille. The mass of demonstrators gathered behind the speakers of the two sound system floats.
The first featured a performance by Wacko and BE Labeu, two of Etat2ND’s acolytes who, with DJ Dang, presented their compositions in an original hip hop style alternating with reggae, rap, grind and dubstep (a line-up that included Supamana and friends). On the other, a bevy of DJs providing the full Tekno mix for the KaoliSons sound system, like a free and block party atmosphere in the streets of Paris.
Since 2001, it’s clear that at this 22nd edition, as every year before, most of the demonstrators are young people, aged between 17 and 25.
As the Cannaparade set off from Place de la République, Françoise Dumont, Honorary President of the Ligue des Droits de l’Homme, spoke out in support of the demands made by the Cannaparade, first and foremost the decriminalisation of drug use and the reform of a law that does more damage to society than the drugs themselves.
All along the route, onlookers and astonished motorists, most of them honking their horns in support of the pro-cannabis demonstration, gave a surreal impression of a momentary space of new-found freedom.
The highlight of the day, unlike last year, was being able to make the most of the fine weather and the Arsenal esplanade, which featured 3 different kinds of music, including a speech by Fanny Fossier on behalf of Christophe Bex, chairman of the study group at the French National Assembly.
We look forward to seeing you at the next Cannaparade in Paris, on Saturday 25 May 2024.
About Cannaparade (demonstration for cannabis legalization) in Paris (France). We were about 1000 people and everybody (even police representatives) enjoyed it and was asking for more action…
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