Sunday, April 18, 2010
I didn't have time yesterday to do more than a quick walkthrough at the 19th Annual Extravaganja rally for an end to the drug war. However, I saw plenty to take pictures of in my brief stay. That was unlike Amherst blogmaster Larry Kelley, who came by around noon, when it was raining and hardly anyone was there.
However, when I arrived around five o'clock the rain had stopped and the town common was packed with revelers.
To escape the crowd some people took to the trees.
While I was there a great local Irish band was playing called The Swaggering Growlers. Hey, I thought the Irish were known more as juicers than tokers!
All the crazies were out in full force.
Counterculture comedian Norman Bie was there doing the latest version of his routine Deviations from the Norm.
Event organizer and multi-media artist Heather McCormack getting down.
The tone overall was pretty mellow and everyone seemed well-behaved. Well, almost everyone.
Yet it was still the sort of scene where a guy could dance with his girl.
Tie-dye was everywhere, including attire for the psychedelic tot.
The icons of stoner culture were well represented, such as Pink Floyd.
The times they are a-changin' - Republican Grateful Dead shirts were for sale.
For the first time in Extravaganja history a candidate for governor campaigned at the event - Green Party nominee Dr. Jill Stein.
Despite less than perfect weather, the 2010 Extravaganja was a big success, especially for the downtown merchants like Subway, who cashed in royally on the munchy crazed crowd.
This eighteen minute documentary has surfaced about the Feder Fiasco over free speech at UMass in 2009. You can see me in it at several points if you look closely.
. A psychedelic butt in the window of the UMass Student Union Art Gallery.