A gathering of Mississippians living in New York has been canceled for the second year in a row, and this time its organizers say they have no plans to move forward.
The Mississippi Picnic was held in June each year in New York’s Central Park and hosted by The New York Mississippi Society.
The society posted the following message on its website: “The 36 years of the Mississippi Picnics has been wonderful and a positive thing for all those involved but with the competition of funding sources and the rising costs and complexity of putting this event together, The New York Society regrets to announce that there are no plans for any future picnics.”
The picnic had been a celebration of the Magnolia State. It featured Mississippi cuisine such as fried catfish, and Mississippi-born musicians such as Marty Stuart. It was canceled in 2016 after the Mississippi legislature passed HB 1523, commonly known as the “religious freedom bill.” The law was federal district court judge in Jackson.
Bay St. Louis musicians Rochelle Harper and Gary “Boz” Boswell had been scheduled to perform at the 2016 picnic.