Smoke ’em if you got ’em…
Don’t look now, but one of America’s most infamous holidays – 420 Day – is about to splash down in Westport. That’s right, local smoking rights champion Bill Nigro is spearheading an annual bash celebrating the fine art of smoking pot. Right here in River City.
"Well, we’re not calling it 420 Day," Nigro hedges. "Our event’s called the Westport Smokeout and we’re going to do some fun things. Jerusalem Cafe’s going to have a Hookah bar and our feature band is going to be The Pornhuskers."
Never heard of the legendary Pornhuskers? Read on.
"Will rock for sex," reads a description of the band on Last FM. "America’s premiere Pornographic Punk Rock band! Coming soon to fuck your town silly! Bring them home after the show, let them sleep at your place, your girlfriends’ place, and her girlfriends’ too while you’re at it."
And for those of you who’ve been hiding out in the Unibomber‘s old digs or holed up in a remote location reading old Skip Sleyster ads in the Kansas City Star – you know who you are – 420 Day falls on April 20th (get it?) and stems from an Urban Legend that grew into the national day to celebrate and smoke marijuana.
But back to 420 Day, I mean, Westport Smokeout…
"We’re going to have a huge table full of raw tobacco and we’ll have a cigarette rolling contest with prizes," Nigro says.
Lemme guess, dinner for two at the Cigar Bar and a juice dessert afterwards nextdoor at Bazooka’s?
"No, I don’t think that’s the prize," Nigro says. "Although it sounds fun – I mean who doesn’t like the Cigar Bar."
And while there’ll be reps from NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) to sign up registered voters for a petition to legalize you-know-what in Missouri, there’ll be no drug paraphernalia on sale, Nigro says. "Then we’re also going to let people sign a petition to let bars have smoking rooms like they allow in other cities."
Maybe even an outdoor drive in movie of sorts with Cheech & Chong playing on the big screen.
It all goes down – quite naturally – in Westport at 4:20 pm, on 4/20 and ending at 11:45 p.m.
"I’m bringing my 20-foot long, giant cigarette that I saved from the Smoking Ban Fight a few years back," Nigro says.
Geez, what’s next, strippers?
"No, we’re just going to be having an informative party about what’s going on in America about smoking," Nigro says. "Because while one smoking substance is legal, it’s illegal to smoke it inside. And the other smoking substance is illegal, but everyone’s smoking it inside because it’s illegal."