Mississippi Picnic in New York City cancelled because of HB 1523

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NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. (WJTV) – The 37th Annual Mississippi Picnic in Central Park has been cancelled after Governor Phil Bryant signed HB 1523 also known as the Religious Accommodations Act in early April.

The Mississippi Development Authority released the following statement about the cancellation:

The New York Mississippi Society has made the decision to cancel the Mississippi Picnic in Central Park.  We are disappointed in not only their decision, but also their lack of discussion with Mississippi partners before cancelling the event.

The picnic would have been held on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The event would have honored B.B. King, a Blues legend, and native of Mississippi.

Governor Bryant released the following statement:

I am disappointed we won’t be celebrating Mississippi’s rich and diverse culture in Central Park this year. I am confident many New Yorkers feel the same way. I will be happy to participate in the event should organizers revive it in the future.

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