The 2nd Annual Chicago Veggie Pride Parade

The 2012 Chicago Veggie Pride Parade was a great success.

Be a part of history - Join the Second Annual Chicago Veggie Pride Parade!

Parade with us to celebrate the Healthy Vegan/Vegetarian Lifestyle! Featuring guest speakers, a costume contest, and tons of fun, the Chicago Veggie Pride Parade (CVPP) will be a wonderful all-encompassing event to support local vegans and vegetarians, as well as to raise awareness in the general public about the benefits of a plant-based diet. We encourage everyone, vegans or not, to come and walk, socialize, learn, and of course celebrate the Veg lifestyle with us!

We welcome all supporters of a plant-based diet in the greater Chicago area (and in the entire Midwest) who would like to give or receive support in their choices, whether they are based on Ethical, Environmental, Health or Spiritual reasons. The mission of the parade is to unify the voices of everyone who sees an advantage to a plant-based diet and wishes to share and promote it. This unified voice will help to make a stronger impact  on promoting a plant-based diet and  will bring public attention to the global importance of our food choices. Let us all unite and inspire others to join us!

Please visit the official CVPP website at for additional info.

Legal Notice: The Chicago Park District requires CVPP participants to read and sign the event participant waiver:  CVPP_Participant_Waiver. After you click the RSVP button you will be prompted to write your name serving as your electronic signature that you acknowledge and agree with the waiver.

Click here for the CVPP Readiness Check-off Board and how you can help!

For carpooling arrangements click here.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the event!

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  • Vadim

    Thank You to all of you who came to support and celebrate our choices!
    It was great fun and making our statement right in the center of Chicago!
    And getting two extra tents kept rain away until the end of the event!
    Please join us for other great events this month: ChicagoVeg 4th Anniversary all-vegan polish-food dinner and potluck on Montrose beach. For more details:­

    3 · June 1, 2013

    • Catherine from N.

      Chicago rocks! Thanks to the whole team for creating this magnificent event! I hope June 1st is Veg Day forever.

      3 · June 2, 2013

  • Jess

    Awesome parade, peeps and message! Thanks to Vadim and all the organizers for doing such a great job!

    2 · June 1, 2013

  • Alexandra M

    This was a great time. Im looking forward to next year. I would like to volunteer my time to help w Marketing and Advertising!!

    2 · June 1, 2013

    • Vadim

      Glad you enjoyed it, Alexandra! We would love to have you on our Outreach Committee!
      Please stay tuned and join our upcoming Organizational/Planning meetings!

      June 1, 2013

  • Paul R.

    I just realized I was amiss is not giving thank you's for all the hard work that goes into putting such a major event together. Thank you everyone!

    3 · June 1, 2013

  • Steve P.

    Awesome group! Look forward to next year.

    2 · June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was inspiring to see and hear others sharing my enthusiasm and vision for a more peaceful humankind. If the event today inspired just one person to go vegan, then it did tremendous good.

    4 · June 1, 2013

  • Brett H.

    It was great to see so many show up. Now we just need to keep the momentum going and make this event even larger next year.

    3 · June 1, 2013

  • Catherine from N.

    Great parade and inspiring speakers. I came all the way from Southwestern Michigan to lend my support and to receive support from this community.

    3 · June 1, 2013

  • Paul R.

    Beautiful day, lots of attractive women, food was yummy, the weather parted clouds just for us wooo woo!

    1 · June 1, 2013

  • Andrea

    Online RSVPs are closed, but you can still sign up at the parade! Come join us!

    1 · June 1, 2013

  • Vadim

    Feel free to bring something to sit on (folding chairs, tarps, etc.) if you plan to hang out after the parade for speakers, costume contest, raffle and don't want to stand all the time.

    June 1, 2013

  • Vadim

    We will give away 9 oz packs of sweets for the first 300 attendees at the registration table!

    1 · May 31, 2013

  • Pamela R.

    Looking forward to meeting so many like-minded people. Peas & luv.

    2 · May 31, 2013

  • Christine

    Be Vegan, Make Peace.

    2 · May 31, 2013

  • Vadim

    Expect tons of fun, cool people, vegan samples, speakers, costume contests (for adults, for children, and for pets!) and many raffle prizes (over $1000 total value!)

    At the event you may donate $1 for each raffle ticket; $2 for a bottle of water and 1 raffle ticket; for a donation of $20 (or more) you will get a Chicago Veggie Pride Parade T-Shirt (limited quantity) and 5 raffle tickets. Cash only.

    For the event schedule and more info visit:­

    4 · May 31, 2013

  • Vadim

    Right now, there is 30% of chance of rain on Saturday and since we are in Chicago it won't hurt to bring a rain poncho (even just to scare rain away!)
    RAIN OR SHINE -- We will MARCH ON this Saturday!

    3 · May 30, 2013

    • Andrej F.

      No one will rain on our parade! Ha

      2 · May 30, 2013

    • ♥Rain

      Did someone call me ;) YES VEGAN life 4 life

      3 · May 31, 2013

  • iris

    im looking forward to meet all the beautiful vegan/ vegetarian of chicago . can't wait. it will give me strenght to wait for A VEGAN WORLD.

    5 · May 27, 2013

    • Alan

      No need to wait. Begin now. I went vegan on my own in "Hog Hell" Iowa: 15,000,000 pigs, 3,000,000 people. But each meal shapes towards a vegan world. Come to events & meetups, learn more.

      1 · May 30, 2013

  • maria

    Will there be food?

    1 · May 29, 2013

    • Vadim

      Some sponsors will bring some food samples to give out.

      2 · May 30, 2013

  • Alex R.

    What time is it predicted to end? Blackhawks play at 4....haha

    May 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hey i plan on going solo - anyone want to meet up and go together? i ll be coming from wicker park

    May 29, 2013

    • Pete

      sent you an email (Vadim doesn't like excess conversations on this page)

      May 29, 2013

  • marci h.

    currently a vegetarian want to become vegan, just dont know how.. i love cheese, hopefully i wil get some good tips.

    1 · May 28, 2013

    • Vadim

      Yes, you will, Marci! The event will be a perfect place to get a great support for it. And definitely check Mikael's link to Vegan Mentoring Program!

      2 · May 29, 2013

  • Rebecca T.

    I'll be bringing my meat eating mom and sister... I hope that won't be weird, lol. I really want them to see the benefits that come with a vegetarian diet. They're both curious and looking forward to going. This might sound like a stupid question, but will there be information for meat-eaters?

    May 29, 2013

    • mark g.

      Rebecca, there will be pamphlets from MFA which we will be handing out as we march.

      May 29, 2013

    • Vadim

      Rebecca - It's not a stupid question! A flyer with this info:­ will be offered at ChicagoVeg table at the event. Please invite everyone!

      May 29, 2013

  • Gill

    hi, any parking garages nearby??

    1 · May 27, 2013

    • Vadim

      There is a street parking on Columbus but it's pretty expensive and might be hard to find. I suggest to use­ to reserve a nearby parking. Right now I see that it's possible to get a parking at 401 S Wabash for only $10 for the entire day (It may change at some point).

      May 27, 2013

    • Pete

      Or maybe park free in a neighborhood near a convenient CTA stop, then take bus/El the rest of the way (don't know what other hoods allow free, permit-free parking--mine does). If you're resourceful, you might be able to get that info online

      1 · May 29, 2013

  • Ricci L.

    I will be there, and will bring a friend!

    2 · May 28, 2013

  • Alex R.

    Can't wait!!!

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Robin

    Looking forward to standing by others that share the pride!

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Mary A.

    I'm glad people are trying to change things.

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Tracy C.

    Vegetarian for 4 years and lover of animals. Looking forward to year 2!

    1 · May 26, 2013

  • Cyndi D.

    I'll be in California. With you all in spirit though.

    1 · May 26, 2013

  • Jim G.

    Looking forward to it.

    1 · May 26, 2013

  • Andrea

    We are looking for a videographer and photographer to donate their services for the parade. Please contact me at [masked] if you are able to help!


    1 · May 26, 2013

  • Mark

    I'm so excited!

    1 · May 25, 2013

  • Marcy H.

    Can't wait!

    2 · May 24, 2013

  • Andrea

    We are looking for volunteers for the day of the parade. If you are able to volunteer between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and/or 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., please email me at [masked] and I will add you to our volunteer list.

    Thank you!

    May 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Older than most of you, far a field (over an hour away), less wired to perform quickly or well, I'm a bit overwhelmed. My desire, to leap into every opportunity, is for the moment a bit ahead of my can.

      May 24, 2013

  • Vadim

    Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring as many guests as you wish; however, each participant is required to RSVP individually in order to provide their electronic signature, which is associated with their email addresses. The Participant Waiver form can be completed by registering online (on this page), or by signing it at the event. Please allow enough time for your guests to sign the waiver on the day of the event. We recommend arriving no later than 11:00 a.m. if your guest(s) did not sign the Participant Waiver electronically. For those who registered online, you can arrive no later than 11:30 a.m. and we will check you in at registration.

    May 23, 2013

  • Ella

    So excited!

    1 · May 21, 2013

  • Paul Darwin P.

    Hoping fo attend with Araceli:)

    1 · May 6, 2013

  • Evy


    1 · April 23, 2013

  • Abhay

    Looking forward to my second parade, had a great time last year.

    3 · April 15, 2013

  • Hayley D.

    Can't wait.

    April 11, 2013

  • Pancha

    Bringing my husband and 2 kids along.

    April 2, 2013

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