A huge festival celebrating cannabis will return to Manchester’s Platt Fields Park next month.
The annual event, which has thousands of people interested on the Facebook event, will feature live music, street food including cakes and brownies, and of course – plenty of cannabis.
Taking place in the south Manchester park on Sunday April 23, 420 Manchester returns for its seventh year of campaigning for the Class B drug to be legalised.
The first year of the festival was marked in Manchester with an event in the city centre that was quickly dispersed by police.
For the past six years, the event has moved to Platt Fields Park because it is regarded as a more low-key location in the heart of south Manchester’s student land.
Despite a visible police presence at previous events there were no arrests made , and the event is usually carried out peacefully.
The phrase 420 – pronounced ‘four twenty’ – has become a well-known term in cannabis culture after a group of pot-smoking students in California, known as the Waldos, coined it while searching for an abandoned crop of marijuana in 1971.
Speaking at the event previously, Ali Fabric, one of the event organisers , said: “The whole idea is to celebrate weed. It’s not about shoving it in people’s faces. It’s about enjoying it.
“Everyone’s tired of seeing people criminalised for smoking weed. We want to show the public that it’s not harmful and that it should be legalised.”
Hundreds of people are expected to attend the event.
The Greater Manchester Police were unavailable to comment at the time of publishing.