NEW YORK, NY (WDAM) - The annual Mississippi Picnic in New York has been canceled forever.
The New York Mississippi Society released a statement on their website announcing its decision to cancel the event.
According to its website, the goal of the picnic was to preserve the culture and heritage of Mississippi by supporting and promoting artists, authors, musicians and culinary artists.
The first picnic took place in 1980.
This is the second year the event was canceled.
The group cited the state's Religious Accommodations Act as the reason for canceling last year's event.
The New York Mississippi Society says in part, due to the controversy, the protests, and our own intensely felt dismay over House Bill 1523, we deeply regret that the Mississippi Picnic cannot go forward.
They released the following statement last year regarding their decision:
Gov. Phil Bryant released the following statement regarding the decision to suspend the picnic: