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No plans for future Mississippi picnics in NYC, group says

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/01/2017

GULFPORT, Miss. — Organizers say they are not planning to continue the annual picnic that brought Mississippi catfish and blues to New York.

The Sun Herald reports ( ) The New York Mississippi Society made the announcement on its website.

The group says for 36 years, the Mississippi picnic "has been wonderful and a positive thing for all those involved."

But, it says with competition for funding and complexity of planning, the society has "no plans for any future picnics."

A woman who answered the society's phone Wednesday confirmed to The Associated Press that the post is legitimate.

The 2016 picnic in Central Park was canceled to protest a Mississippi law that would have allowed people to cite their own religious objections to same-sex marriage to deny a variety of services to same-sex couples.

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