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Grassroots ARAs March in Toronto Pride Parade
June 23 @ 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
SAVE THE DATE for LGBTQ+ Grassroots ARAs and their allies marching in Toronto’s 39th Annual Pride Parade!
Join us as we march behind an Animal Rights Toronto banner promoting our grassroots community including:
Direct Action Everywhere Toronto
AV: Toronto, Canada (Anonymous for the Voiceless)
The Save Movement (Toronto Pig Save, Toronto Chicken Save, Toronto Cow Save, Toronto Fish Save, Toronto Fur Animal Save, Save Outreach Squad)
Expect chanting, leafleting and fun!
INFORMATION BELOW IS FROM 2018 AND WILL BE UPDATED FOR 2019
MEET-UP LOCATION: We’ll be gathering in the staging area on Bloor St. E. between Church St. and Ted Rogers Way. (see map) If you’re taking the subway, it’s recommended that you exit at Sherbourne Station and walk west on Bloor.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: If you don’t run into us wearing our fabulous AR shirts, look for Marshals holding signs with letters. We’ll be in the “J” section. Our group is “J46”. We’re marching right behind “Aviva Canada” and in front of “Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary”.
MEET-UP TIME: We’ve been assigned an “arrival time” of 3:30pm sharp. We’ve been asked NOT to arrive early or late. There is limited space in the staging area, so all groups have been assigned staggered arrival times. Don’t be concerned that our arrival time is after the Parade start time of 2pm. That is true for most of the approximately 200 groups marching in the Parade. The Parade starts at 2pm, but the last groups are not expected to finish till around 6pm.
DEPARTURE TIME: It’s hard to say, but we shouldn’t expect to wait too long in the staging area before we’re on our way. We’re guessing we’ll start moving by 4pm, though it could be sooner or later. It will depend on the logistics of the day. The organizers are merging marchers and floats (coming from their own staging area), so we need to be ready to go at any time.
PARADE ROUTE: We will march west on Bloor to Yonge, south on Yonge to Dundas, then east on Dundas. The Parade ends at Dundas and Victoria.
MARCHING TIME: The Parade route itself should take 1-1.5 hours to march, barring unexpected delays or interruptions. The Parade committee’s goal is to finish the Parade by 6pm.
EARLY EXIT: Most of the route is fenced-off from the sidewalks, making it difficult to exit the Parade early. However, if needed, there should be an opportunity to exit at College St.
WHAT TO WEAR: Please wear a t-shirt representing one of the four main local grassroots groups represented in the Parade… Anonymous for the Voiceless (AV), Climate Vegan (CV), Direct Action Everywhere – DxE, and The Save Movement. If you don’t have a t-shirt from one of the groups, see if you can make arrangements to get one before or on the day of the Parade. If that’s not possible, please try to wear a generic, love-based, AR t-shirt.
WHAT TO BRING/ NOT TO BRING: The Parade will go ahead rain or shine. Please dress appropriately. Even if the temps are cooler, don’t underestimate the UV. Consider sunscreen, and bring enough water to stay hydrated. Non-human animals are not permitted in the Parade (other than service animals for which advanced notice has been provided). Strollers and wagons (or, as Tina RV, calls them, small floats!) for the kids are welcomed. Other than AV (who may be bringing some Truth signs for their contingent), please do not bring your own signs. We will provide a limited number of Pride-themed signs. Feel free to bring Pride flags, though. Small flags are usually available for purchase at the StreetFair.
CODE OF CONDUCT: Participants are expected to to adhere to the following https://www.facebook.com/notes/direct-action-everywhere-toronto/code-of-conduct/1911905259052836/
Note: Please check the Facebook event page for updates.