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New Info: March Against GMOs in FOURTH OF JULY PARADE, Arlington Heights

Hi everyone.  Illinois Right to Know GMO is marching in the Arlington Hts. July 4 parade on Friday.  We are hoping to get a big turnout.  The more people we have marching, the more  IMPACT we will make, i.e., more people will wonder – what’s a GMO, what’s the big deal? Nancy Hoff has done a great job of planning for this parade.  At the top below is basic information followed by details of what you need to do ON THE DAY OF THE PARADE, what to BRING, TYPES OF SIGNS to make (optional), what to wear (black/yellow but see below for more info).  Any questions, please reply!  It will be a really FUN way to participate in this great cause!  Plus, we plan to head over to the ‘food tent’ at the end of the parade afterwards so bring money for that. Please reply to let us know if you are able to join us!  Thank you!

Barb Kimicata


**Moms*Across*America** People Against GMOs! Join us in the July 4th Parade In Arlington Heights!!

TIME: Meet between 9:30-10am, The parade starts at 10am, We are # 70 In line so want to be ready to start marching at about 10:20am

WHERE: The Parade line up at St. Peter's Lutheran Church- 111 W Olive St, Arlington Heights, IL 60004 (see details below under ON THE DAY OF PARADE)

THEME: Bees & Butterflies - wear black/yellow or a bee or butterfly costume  (if you want to make a costume, see details below under COSTUMES)

BRING: Family Friendly Signs / We will provide flyers (see what to BRING and also sign instructions under TYPES OF SIGNS below)

Kids are welcome and encouraged to help!

The march is 1.4 miles and ends at Recreation Park on Miner St.


Meet at the parking lot on the west side of St. Peter's Lutheran Church- 111 W Olive St (or we may be in the street next to this as we are # 70)

We are # 70 in the parade line up.  Since they line up marchers numerically, look for us -you can ask other marchers what number they are and keep working your way back to us

Meet us by 9:30 or 10am (no later than 10:15am so we can assimilate you into what each of us will do!)  - we are # 70 in the line up so expect to start walking around 10:20 or 10:30am

Note that we are not having a float - we will have a car and people walking.  Look for people in black/yellow.

The Parade steps off at the corner of Oakton and Dunton

If you have any trouble finding us, contact Nancy's cell at[masked]

PARKING: Available on the streets around St Peter (parking will be crowded so allow time to park and walk!).  Best to drive NORTH of St Peter and park as the parade is going south so people going to the parade will be parking there.

Alternatively, you can park your car at the end of the parade at Recreation Park. There is street parking or there are parking lots at Miner/Windsor or Miner/Dryden

Here is a sketch of what you might be doing - we will need two people to carry the banner, 2 people to distribute candy (limited amount), maybe 4 people to distribute flyers, one to pull a wagon (if we get a wagon), the rest to carry signs or just march

Bathroom is available at St. Peters but there are also Port-a-potties at the end of the parade (none in the middle of the parade)

Plan on having FUN!

If you get there late, the parade route starts at Oakton and Dunton, proceeds south on Dunton to Miner, east on Miner to Hickory St.


Wear your black/yellow clothing

All of the below is OPTIONAL to bring:

Any bee antennae or bee/butterfly wings you have

Water (there is a bathroom or Port-a-potties at the beginning and the end of the parade only)

A family friendly sign

Money for food afterwards - if anyone would like to, we can eat together at the end of the parade!

A backpack or apron with pockets to hold flyers or parade candy

We still do need a wagon to hold the flyers - if you have one, let us know here!

Nancy will have a car that she is driving in the parade so you can put a jacket/umbrella/ etc in it if needed.

A smiling face and great attitude!  We plan on having fun!


Note that parade rules state no propaganda or will be disqualified from the parade.  Don't use Sticks - hold the sign.

Examples of friendly signs with positive messages:

Save the Bees

Eat non-GMOs

No Pink Slime/No Artic Apple

Label GMOs

Our Right to Know-Label GMOs

What's on Your Dinner Plate

What's in Your Food

Eat Organic

For signs for kids to carry - I want to grow up Healthy, Save My Future

Freedom to Choose

GMOs are not Safe for Families

Protect Your Kids from GMOs

Not Sure-


Not a Friendly Sign:

March Against Monsanto

I am not a science experiment


Wear black and yellow (preferred is yellow on top/black on bottom, but it doesn't matter).  We will have a limited number of BEE costumes available from the OCA.

Barb will bring black tape and yellow tape for stripes, if anyone wants to put this on their shirt.  It will be very cool to look like a bee!

Barb also will have about 10 bee antennas that she is making for parade participants - first come, first served!  We will collect them at the end for use in future parades.

If anyone wants to make their own bee antennas, here is a good youtube (mute if you are at work- it starts with volume right away!):

If anyone wants to make their own bee costume, here is a great wiki-how:

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  • Marilyn H

    One of the most important things to keep in mind is to try to discourage children from coming into the street to get the candy. Instead, please go to the curb and hand it to them. (You could ask them to stay on the curb.) There are many units that have vehicles and it becomes dangerous as the children move off the curb and into the street for the goodies!
    (I have previously been a marshall in this parade.)

    July 4, 2014

  • Olena Elena A.

    Greetings! Me and Sofiia are so excited to join you tomorrow!!!We are getting ready!

    1 · July 3, 2014

    • Barbara K

      So happy you are joining us! It will be a fun parade!

      July 4, 2014

  • nancy h.

    Great that you can come and I look forward to meeting you. See you in the AM.

    July 3, 2014

  • Barbara K

    Tomorrow we will be giving flyers to the Moms, organic candy to the kids, have signs and a banner for some to carry. In the parade lineup at # 70, you will see Nancy’s white Ford Explorer decorated in black/yellow with the ‘Illinois Right to Know GMO” banner on the passenger side of the car. Look for us! Nancy Hoff and I will have yellow leis around our neck.

    Can’t wait to see you in your bee or butterfly costumes, or in yellow/black! Be creative!

    p.s. With over 100 entries in the parade plus the people watching, be sure to arrive early enough to park and find us. Info on parking and how to find us is above in BASIC PARADE INFO under ON THE DAY OF THE PARADE.

    1 · July 3, 2014

  • Victoria

    I'm so sorry I won't be able to make it after all...but will continue doing my part to spread the word about GMOs and Monsanto!

    July 2, 2014

    • Barbara K

      We will miss you! Hope to meet you some other time!

      July 3, 2014

  • nancy h.

    The weather should be great and we are going to have so much fun. Look for my white Ford Explorer decorated with yellow/black streamers with our banner which reads," Illinois Right To Know," on the side of the car. See you all soon!

    1 · July 2, 2014

  • Marilyn H

    Can't wait to be a bee! Exciting to spread the word in a big way!

    2 · July 2, 2014

  • Mike N. D.

    Yup, do were black and yellow as much you can. And I will have 12 Bee outfits for folks as well (easy pull over tubs costumes).

    June 26, 2014

  • rawgirl A.

    this is really a MARCH to EDUCATE, not really AGAINST.......will be fun to dress up as bees and butterflies!! join us!

    1 · June 19, 2014

  • rawgirl A.

    You can show up at 9.30am or even meet up with us on the path....come on out, will be super fun!!!

    1 · June 16, 2014

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