Mississippi in New York Picnic canceled indefinitely

Mississippi in New York Picnic canceled indefinitely

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.

It says:

"The 36 years of the Mississippi Picnics has been wonderful and a positive thing for all those involved but with the competition of funding sources and the rising costs and complexity of putting this event together, The New York Society regrets to announce that there are no plans for any future picnics."

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:

"We, the founders of the Mississippi Picnic in Central Park and the New York-Mississippi Society, are officially canceling this year's picnic in its 37th year.

Gov. Phil Bryant released the following statement regarding the decision to suspend the picnic:

"The picnic was a great way to showcase the best of Mississippi's food, hospitality and culture. While I am disappointed it will not continue, I understand it had become cost-prohibitive," Gov. Bryant said.