May 18, 2008 · 11:00 AM
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Meeting Description: The First Veggie Pride Parade in America will take place in Greenwich Village, NYC, on May 18, 2008. The procession will begin at 12 Noon in the Meat Packing District (where 9th Ave., Gansevoort St., Greenwich St., and Little West 12th St. intersect). It will culminate in Washington Square Park (Eastern end), where a festival of rock music, speakers and exhibitors will take place.
Up-and-coming vegan rock star Cheryl Hill will rouse the crowd with hits from her latest EP, Let Love In. Some may remember Cheryl as the wise woman of Vegan Wellness (NYC).
Parade participants are encouraged to dress up in costumes and to wear sign boards announcing their pride in their vegetarian lifestyle. Local restaurants will represent themselves with banners.
Marchers may be animal-rights activists, environmentalists, and those concerned with their health. But on May 18, 2008, all will come together with one voice, one expression, of veggie pride.
At 2 p.m. on stage at the post-parade rally in Washington Square Park, the winners of a costume and poster-slogan contest in various categories will be announced.
At 4 p.m., also on stage, a 7-foot-tall human pea pod, Penelo Pea Pod (long-time mascot of parade sponsor VivaVegie Society) will be married in an open wedding ceremony. The lucky guy (ur, animal? vegetable?) has yet to be identified...or to come forth. More to come on that soon!
There is a special page within the Veggie Pride Parade Web site outlining how restaurants can get involved, and how both individuals and businesses can place a sponsorship ad in the official program/ad booklet. Contingents from all walks of life are encouraged to get involved.
The parade is fashioned after and will take place the same weekend as the Veggie Pride Parade in Paris. The Parisian parade was the first of its kind ever to take place in the world and has been going on annually since 2001.
for the latest updates and parade route. The meeting place and the ending place in the park remain the same. THE PARADE AND RALLY ARE ON, RAIN OR SHINE!!!
If you miss the parade and don't get to march, come to the rally in Washington Square Park from 2:00 pm onward. After the rally, we can go to LifeThyme for some raw food, or head east to Quintessence or Caravan if people feel like eating together. Below is a link to the Google map of the meeting area for the march:
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]Map of meeting place/parade starting point[/url]