First Veggie Pride Parade in America Brings
People & Praise!
Leading the Veggie Pride Parade
From left to right, Martin Rowe of Lantern Books, Karen Davis of United Poultry Concerns, Pamela Rice of the VivaVegie Society & Veggie Pride Parade organizer, Joan Zacharias of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, Yetta Kurland, civil rights and family law attorney, Dave Warwak, Midwestern middle school teacher fired for teaching kindness – veganism – to his students, and Richard Schwartz of Jewish Vegetarians of North America.
“The parade drew advocates from United Poultry Concerns (‘Dedicated to the Compassionate and Respectful Treatment of Domestic Fowl’) . . .”
– Proud Vegetarians, in Costume, Take to the Streets, The New York Times, May 19, 2008, B3
The first Veggie Pride Parade in America brought more than 500 people and advocacy groups together in Greenwich Village, New York City, on Sunday May 18, 2008. United Poultry Concerns marched proudly with our Banners “Stick Up For Chickens - Go Vegan!” and ‘What Wings Are For!”.
The Parade was covered by The New York Times, The Villager, AM New York, Associated Press, and scores of other media around the country. Beautifully costumed Carrots, Peas and Broccoli marched through Greenwich Village to Washington Square Park where UPC president Karen Davis, who helped carry the Veggie Pride Parade Banner at the head of the Parade, spoke on “The Hidden Suffering of Birds in the Poultry & Egg Industries and What We Can All Do About It.”
The New York Times called the Veggie Pride Parade the “brainchild” of Pamela Rice, founder of the VivaVegie Society and author of 101 Reasons Why I’m a Vegetarian, published by Lantern Books. Pamela deserves a standing ovation for creating this wonderful and inspiring event. We were delighted to see UPC members Bob & Gina Wilson from North Carolina, who learned about the Parade in Poultry Press. For complete information about the Veggie Pride Parade – program, media coverage, photos, and more – visit www.veggieprideparade.org.
“I like going through Greenwich Village because I respect it for its legacy with progressive ideas, and vegetarianism is a progressive idea.” – Pamela Rice quoted in AM New York, May 11, 2008