Free Speech Policy

Free Speech Policy

You may see people walking around the festival promoting specific political or religious causes or circulating petitions of various types. These petitioners are not endorsed by Tucson Meet Yourself or its parent organization, Southwest Folklife Alliance.

Since we present the festival in public parks and streets, free of charge and without enclosures, anyone is able to walk into the park and exercise their First Amendment right to free speech. By City of Tucson ordinance, it is required that petitioners or free speech individuals or groups move about the area instead of remaining stationary.

Vendors or exhibitors invited by Tucson Meet Yourself to participate in the festival are informed in advance that proselytizing, haggling, walking in public walkways soliciting business, or engaging in any kind of disrespectful noise-making activity that disrupts neighbors, stages, or festival audiences will not be tolerated. If you observe any violation to this policy, please approach a festival volunteer  and ask for assistance.

Guns at TMY:   Arizona law states that any person 21 years or older, who is not a prohibited possessor, may carry a weapon openly or concealed without the need for a license.  Festival organizers cannot prevent audience members, attendees, or performers from carrying a weapon. However, if any member of the public feels concerned over safety or threatening behaviors law enforcement personnel is on hand at the festival at all times; concerns should be directed to them. The festival has never had any incidents of violence in all of its 43 years. In case of emergencies, the public is advised to call 9-1-1.