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Veggie Pride is organised by Midlands Vegan Campaigns, a small group of dedicated volunteers.
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This will be a vibrant and colourful parade through the city centre, featuring a samba band, kids block, costumes and banners! We hope to attract the attention of 1,000`s of shoppers as we parade through some of the busiest streets in Birmingham! The parade will be totally unique in the UK. Never before has a carnival procession been solely devoted to the celebration and promotion of compassionate, healthy and eco-friendly lifestyles! Make sure you`re part of this amazing event!
The infectious sound of Brazilian beats will alert Birmingham shoppers to our compassionate carnival procession as we wind through the busy streets. The wonderful Bloco Louco samba band will have us dancing from start to finish! Bloco Louco are a Birmingham based community band and we`re thrilled that they`ll be a big part of Veggie Pride UK!
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We want you to think about what costume you could wear - maybe dress up as a vegetable, animal or super hero! Or you could dress in your work uniform - eg. a chef or nurse, possibly whilst carrying an appropriate placard! Or maybe you could wear your leisure/sports clothes - eg. Vegan Runners top or football outfit, complete with football!! Please use your imagination and remember that the best costumes will win prizes in our competition!
You can get ideas for your costume by viewing the photos below, some of which were taken at last years Veggie Pride Parade in New York, and others are our suggestions! You don`t have to hire or buy a costume. Perhaps you could make a simple outfit or pick one up off your local Freecycle group. If nothing else, just wear something bright and colourful! If you like the idea of dressing as a chef, we have lots of chef clothes, enough to make at least 3 full costumes. The sizes are all XL. Please contact us if you (or your group) would like to wear these.
Banners and Placards
If you don`t fancy wearing a costume, make yourself a colourful banner or placard with a thought provoking message. Remember, this is a celebration not a protest, so no gory images please! We want to attract lots of attention and leave people in no doubt of all the benefits of veggie/vegan lifestyles! Once again, please use your imagination to create an original and eye-catching banner - you might win the best banner contest!
The kids block will be a section of the parade where children can march together, with their own costumes, banners etc. If your children/family would like to join the kids block, you can contact Lesley Dove to pledge your support and discuss plans - email firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting from Victoria Square, we will parade along New Street, turn left into Canon Street, left again into Cherry Street, left into Temple Row, left again into Temple Street, turn right into New Street and return to Victoria Square.