Ganja Faeries

Ganja Faeries are the Vibrant Green Wave dancing behind our original custodians & the Ganja Faerie Queen, an integral part of the annual Nimbin MardiGrass Drug Law Reform Rally.

Originally inspired by the Sydney Queer Communities use of colour, performance & fun in protesting unfair laws, we are an unfunded volunteer organisation with a 29 year commitment to Cannabis Law Reform & sharing the collective wisdom of living with cannabis.

We gather every year from all over the Hempdom for about 6-8 weeks before Nimbin MardiGrass to prepare for the Parade. A key group of Faeries teach others the march routine, help with costumes, fundraise & welcome everyone who wishes to join us.

Want to be a Ganja Faerie?

Good morning faerie folk!

Rehearsals for MardiGrass from the 22nd of March at 5.30 pm at the Nimbin Dance Studio 81 Cullen Street Nimbin. If you don’t have a costume we do have some for hire at a reasonable rate (full costume hire $30 + $20 deposit).

Rehearsals then continue every Friday at 5.30pm including Friday 3rd May. Hope to see you there!

This year again the faeries will have our Secret Faerie Garden tucked away in the Nimbin Community Centre. Look for the flags and signs on Cullen Street. Find some faerie treasures- wings, costumes, jewels, coloring books and lots of other unique items. Dress up and get your photo with the Faeries, printed on site, a unique and special souvenir of Mardigrass. All funds raised will go towards keeping the Faeries looking fabulous and getting them to events and protests. We are all dedicated volunteers who receive no external funding and rely on our fundraising efforts and donations.
We are also seeking Ganja Faeries to volunteer for the MardiGrass ticket gates. 3 hours volunteering will get you a weekend wristband for entry to all MardiGrass venues.
Hello Ganja Faeries! Yes, that means you! If you come to march at the annual MardiGrass Cannabis Law Reform March and Rally, and you can dance, you’re one of us!

Ganja Faeries are the spirit of the MardiGrass Cannabis Law Reform March and Rally. They dance behind the Bundjalung people who traditionally welcome the protesters to their country each year. The ganja faery dance has itself become a tradition simply because the laws remain unacceptable to all self respecting ganja users, be they Bundjalung, faeries or otherwise. Each year the faerie community in Nimbin come together to choreograph a routine for the march and the result is a riot of colour and rhythm on the day.

You are welcome to join us! 

One week before MardiGrass we hold a dance workshop where we show all the new ganja faeries the steps and inspire them to wear costumes. We do it again the day before the parade to make sure everyone knows which way to go when. It’s lots of fun but you need to be fit because on the day it’s a long way to dance and frolic and make lots of noise nd you’ll probably be stoned as well. Water is essential. Dropping out is not an option. Ganja Faeries go to the end. So come and practice!

No experience needed, just enthusiasm. Ask around town when you get here. Start dreaming up your costume now – the common thread is green, in all its shades, in all styles, in all your glory! Ganja Faeries are all different but all the same.

We create dance steps for the grand parade where we can be a sea of green moving in rhythm to the drums. We sew our costumes and make them wilder every year.

Check out the past years photos and the video footage. If you can’t get here in time for the workshops you are urged to simply join the march and stand up and be counted in all your greenery.

This year’s parade organisers would love to once again create two percussion groups for this parade. We envisage one small group of drummers – the Ganja Faerie Drummers moving with the Faeries, whilst the Hemp Drummers line the street creating a guard of percussion and energy. The parade moves through with the Hemp Drummers falling into the Parade at the end, creating a dynamic and powerful finale at the end of the parade to keep the energy up and moving. The Ganja Faeries Drummers who have been working with the Faeries are already organised but we would love all other musos and drummers to be part of this other incredible percussion force.

If you are already in Nimbin rehearsals are held at 5.30pm on Fridays.

If you do the workshops you get to dance in the faerie troupe, but if you cant make it for that you can still march in the parade as a Faerie!


PARTICIPATE…get involved, speakers, musicians, comedians, all performers, advertisers, sponsors and volunteers including Jungle Patrol and Ganja Faeries please fill out a form on the links below.

  • We’re always keen to hear from friendly and positive people who want to assist cannabis law reform. MardiGrass wishes to extend a welcome and many thanks for those volunteers who donate their time during this event. Without you it could not happen!

  • The MardiGrass conference - the Hemposium - will feature lectures, workshops, panels and other contributions from experts covering all sorts of Cannabis topics.

  • MardiGrass is excited to present a line-up of amazing musicians, comedians and other legendary performers including Marijuana movies; all passionate supporters of freedom for all plants!

  • Apply to be a market stallholder at Nimbin MardiGrass. We invite vendors of hemp and cannabis related products, services and ideas.

  • The Jungle Patrol is a local volunteer organisation that grew from the volunteer groups of early MardiGrass celebrations. Jungle Patrol members keep watch over the streets, encourage people to keep the peace, and bear witness when they do not.

  • Hello Ganja Faeries! Yes, that means you! If you come to march at the annual MardiGrass Cannabis Law Reform March and Rally, and you can dance, you’re one of us!

  • MardiGrass is very grateful for the support of our sponsors in helping promote cannabis law reform.

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