4th Of July Kayak Tivism

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Indivisible NOLA says
PLEASE READ FULL EVENT DETAILS FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION

In light of the cancellation of the annual Krewe of Kolossos festivities for the 4th of July, Indivisible New Orleans has taken it upon ourselves to fill the void and host a patriotic evening of dissent on Bayou St. John.

In these bitter and divided times, we believe it is as important as ever to celebrate and demonstrate our patriotism. We invite you to come out and reaffirm our progressive values as a community and as a country while having some fun together. Independence Day celebrates the patriotic dissent of early Americans who were activists for our freedom from British rule, after all! Dissention IS patriotic!

Attendees are encouraged to dress in their best Americana and bring any means of aquatic transportation that might be at their disposal. Prizes will be awarded for most patriotic boat, outfit, and sign. Pithy signs are highly encouraged on issues from healthcare access, to LGBTQIA rights, to reproductive rights, to immigration, to transparency in governement... whatever you want! Just show that you are a patriotic citizen who is engaged in the political process!

REMINDER- IT IS ILLEGAL TO USE FIREWORKS IN THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS- DO NOT BRING THEM.

**VITALLY IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERNS**

RE: TRASH
At least part of the reason the original KoK event was canceled was the burden of cleaning up the large amounts of trash left behind by attendees, and some in the surrounding neighborhood have complained about the trash in the past. The last thing Indivisible New Orleans wants to do is contribute to this problem. To that end, all participants will be expected to not only clean up after themselves, but lend a hand in helping leave the bayou how we found it. A formal cleanup committee will be formed as well.

RE: AQUATIC TRANSPORTATION
We have heard from neighbors that people tend to build make-shift boats and leave them floating in the bayou when they go home. For obvious reasons, this is not allowed. Whatever arrives with you should go home with you- or be properly disposed of.

RE: PARKING
Don't block driveways. Follow parking rules. Be kind to the neighbors.

RE: CARS/TRUCKS ON THE GRASS/BANKS
You may not back your cars/trucks onto the grass to launch or retrieve your boats. There will be active enforcement of this rule by officials, but even if you don't see any of them, please don't do this. It destroys the grass and upsets the neighbors.

We understand that this event has become a tradition for many- and that there will be lots of folks in attendance who aren't there to protest with us. Though we can't control others' behavior, Indivisible NOLA and its members have every intention of being good neighbors to the residents around Bayou St. John, and of being respectful of this beautiful public space. We are working with Councilwoman Susan Guidry to ensure that we are doing everything we can to alleviate neighbor concerns.
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By: Indivisible NOLA

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