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The National Mall is transforming into a place for cathartic release this weekend


The National Mall is getting a bit of a makeover this weekend. Social justice activists from across the nation have descended upon the nation's capitol for the annual Catharsis on the Mall. It's a three-day, 24-hour event that aims to give people who feel oppressed an opportunity to let loose.

The Catharsis on the Mall, which runs Friday morning to Sunday morning, features a number of workshops, speakers and film screenings. But there's also two six-plus-hour-long parties. After the last party ends on Sunday morning, protesters will hold a March for Equality around the Capitol.

This event is going to be a scaled-down version of Burning Man, a festival in Nevada that draws thousands each year. It will have tents for unique events called "Deadly Muppets," "Rainbow Portal" and "Octonest." They're even bringing a massive metal dragon called the Abraxas. It's a staple of the Burning Man festival.

The Catharsis on the Mall will conclude on Sunday morning with an announcement regarding the Equal Rights Amendment.

The organizers of the event say everyone is welcome, and even offered a personal invitation to President Trump.

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