The First Chicago Veggie Pride Parade

The Veggie Pride Parade has been held annually in Paris since 2001, but later  has also been emulated in other cities and spread throughout the world. It has been very successful in New York for many years (see the photo) and now we are bringing it to Chicago!

Be a part of history - Join the very first Chicago Veggie Pride Parade!

The goal of the parade is "Celebrating the 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 vegans, vegetarians, and any 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 (for the sake of the animals, environment, or our personal health/health of our loved ones). 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  VeggiePride.com/Chicago for additional info.

Legal Notice: Due to the Chicago Park District contract the CVPP participants are required 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 which would serve as your electronic signature that you acknowledge and agree with the waiver.

Click here for the CVPP Readiness Check-off Board and areas we need some help.

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  • Frank S.

    600 people!!!! Amazing! This was a lot of fun and a great turn out for the first year!!! : ) I had a lot of fun marching and at the post-parade celebration. I loved all the free samples and speakers! Hope for an even bigger turn out next year!!!

    July 5, 2012

  • Elizabeth Tampe

    I would give it more stars if I could! So impressed with the work Vadim and the rest of the crew did for this event. It ran super smoothly and WHAT A TURNOUT!!!

    June 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a beautiful day for an amazing event! Thanks so much to all those that attended and thanks so much to the organizers: Vadim, Steven, Kseniya, Jess and LeoLin, for making this parade a huge success! It may be impossible to believe but next year will be even better! Hooray for Chicagoland Veggie Pride!!

    June 4, 2012

  • Jessica McGarry

    Great Parade! Can't wait for the 2nd Annual Chicago Veggie Pride Parade! :)

    June 4, 2012

  • Steven Skaff

    Wow! It was amazing seeing the veggie community come together to organize and participate in this wonderful event! Congratulations to everyone!

    June 4, 2012

  • JimW

    The parade was fun and I had a good time. The weather was great and it was a good day.

    June 4, 2012

  • Pete

    Lots of hard work put into this event, and a fun time. So many great people. It was good hanging afterwards on such a beaut of a day. A big thanks to the food vendors and supporters. looking forward to next year

    June 3, 2012

  • Carrie Nutter

    Awesome!

    June 3, 2012

  • Lindsay Cassidy

    It was an awesome first showing, hoping it will grow every year!

    June 3, 2012

  • Michael Mackaplow

    Friendly people. Great turnout.

    June 3, 2012

  • Skyla Ivey

    Yaaay! It felt good to be a part of Chicago's first Veggie Pride Parade (the great weather didn't hurt either). It was also a learning experience on how to make it better next year. (More megaphones, noisemakers, drums, signs & costumes - make it loud & proud!)

    June 3, 2012

  • Kimberly

    I thought it went very well for the first year with a great turnout! I think it had a positive response from both the participants and any on-lookers. Great way to get all the Chi-town veg*ns together. I know next year will be even better!

    June 3, 2012

  • mark gillono

    wonderful event-very well organized and quite large for a first time. i see great things in the future for this parade.

    June 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excited about how many people were there. I can only imagine they will get larger and larger.

    June 3, 2012

  • Tracy Caracciolo

    Slow getting started, but it was wonderful to be around so many like-minded people. Loved the effort put into the costumes.

    June 3, 2012

  • Natalie Patterson Santiago

    It was an incredibly beautiful and peaceful event. I am so happy to have been a part of the first ever Chicago Veggie Pride Parade. I loved the communal spirit, meeting like-minded people, and hearing the speakers. It was also appropriate for all age groups.

    June 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had lots of fun! I came with Lori Punko and her daughter. Lori is a very nice, fun person to be with. Maybe that is why I had so much fun! The DJ was a friend of mine. Hope to be at next years event.

    June 3, 2012

  • Peter Rabbitt

    Sooo glad everyone pulled this together! It will just keep getting BETTER from here onward =o) It was extra great that you had a dj and a dance party playing current electronic music. That will be a big draw in the days to come. Thanks again everyone!!

    June 2, 2012

  • Paul Rose

    Kimberly, these are great pics. People involved in VeggiePride all over the world will be looking at these pics.

    1 · June 2, 2012

  • Tami

    Great event. Thank you for all of the hard work. It was wonderful

    June 2, 2012

  • Paul Rose

    The weather was perfect, the plan went flawlessly and all done by people who had never done this before which is amazing really. Thanks to everyone, and I'd like to give an extra thanks to Miss Chicago for including not only herself but a few of her fellow model friends to lend a kind of local celeb element, not to mention her beautiful voice. Could not have been better!

    June 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really planned to participate in the parade. However, I could not get someone to take my place at work. oh well. I hope it turns out great and is successful!Best wishes!!!

    June 2, 2012

  • Vadim

    Please expect hundreds of people, free yummy 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 and 5 raffle tickets.

    For the event schedule and more info visit: http://chicago.veggiepride.com/...­

    June 1, 2012

  • Paul Rose

    i couldn't find it at first so i figured I'd post this. It's where people are talking about the parade.

    http://www.chicagoveg.org/event...­

    June 1, 2012

  • Frank S.

    I'm so excited for the first ever Chicago Veggie Pride Parade!

    May 23, 2012

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This covers: Chicago Veggie Pride Parade (CVPP) expenses

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