I had given my 7 year old a few costume ideas, and he picked a baking/chef theme for the three of us.
He was a Vegan Chef...
and Baby Brother was his little Sous Chef.
I was a Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie.
One side of our sign:
Eat vegan cookies and help save the world!
The other side:
VEGAN COOKIE - one small step for mankind!
I'm not impressed with my sign making abilities here, but we were in such a rush. And I just never have pretty sign handwriting! We arrived at the parade site early, thinking surely there would be a store nearby to buy poster board. It was not that easy. (Why is it easier in small town Arkansas to locate poster board than in Manhattan?) We asked cops, we asked everyone, and finally had to hop a cab to hit the nearest Staples.
Scenes from the parade:
This was a really great experience for my son because I know he feels isolated at times as a vegan. None of his friends are vegan, and it causes him to want to experience and participate in what his friends are participating in, ya know? But he looked around in amazement, "Do you think all of these people are vegan?!" With all of the chanting and cheering, I think it felt rather spectacular to him.
Sometime after the parade, which culminated at Union Square, everyone in costume was called up on stage.
But he was taking his role here so seriously! He had the Veggie Pride! :) I was giggling inside, watching him. I loved it.
I think everyone who was in costume won some sort of prize.
There are more pictures of us and everyone else on this flickr page.
Peacefood Cafe! I was ecstatic!
After the parade, we bought cold drinks and ducked into Barnes and Noble for a bit to read books and cool off while we were waiting for the costume competition. Once back outside, we mingled around all of the tables and listened to some speakers.
Fun day! Thank you to everyone who organized the parade (especially Pamela Rice, author of 101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian) and to Peacefood Cafe (review to come) for our yummy meal. Whether anyone in NYC was drawn into the veggie lifestyle that day, you helped open the eyes of a sweet little guy from Arkansas.