Witches’ summer festival denied Astor Place approval
A group of Wiccans may have to celebrate the solstice somewhere else after they were denied community approval to hold their annual festival on Astor Place.
The Third Annual Witchsfest USA had been scheduled to take place July 12 on the highly-trafficked East Village street, the same place it was held last year. The event marks the summer solstice with charity collections, drum circles and pagan-themed local vendors.
But DNAinfo reports that Community Board 2 refused to approve the application over concerns that the host organization, the Wiccan Family Temple, didn’t have a strong enough connection to the neighborhood.
The authority to approve the event ultimately rests with the mayor’s Street Activity Permit Office.
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