Nettelhorst to march in Gay Pride Parade

June 25, 2009 at 12:19 pm 1 comment

Pride FlagWow, this is pretty cool.  Parents from the Nettelhorst Elem School have organized to march (with their kids) in the Gay Pride Parade this year.  They’ll be the first school to march in the parade. 

Nettelhorst is located in Lakeview near Broadway and Belmont in the heart of Chicago’s main gay community.  Parents want to show support for the community and to help their kids realize that there are families of all types.

I think it’s a cool idea.  Not sure how the parents will handle explaining some of the outfits they’re likely to see there that day but hey, a parade is always a good time.  I took my son to the Andersonville Midsommerfest last year and he still refers to it as the “festival where all the guys had their shirts off.” 

In any case, if you’re at the parade, make sure to cheer for the kids of Nettelhorst.  They’re showing support for their school community which is a great thing.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-gay-pride-parade-25-jun25,0,3925455.story

UPDATE:
A note from Jacqueline Edelberg, author of How to Walk to School: Blueprint for a Neighborhood School Rennaisance (the story of Nettelhorst’s parent-lead transformation into a highly regarded neighborhood school.)  www.howtowalktoschool.com

 Nettelhorst would love you to walk with us on Sunday!!
The outpouring of support and encouragement from families of all flavors has been overwhelming.  So far, over 100 parents, kids, and faculty members have RSVP’ed that we will march together in the Pride Parade and send a unified message of support to our neighborhood and our families.
This is history. Nettelhorst will be the very first school ever to march in Chicago’s parade. If you haven’t read them, some recent press articles do a fabulous job describing the spirit of what we’ve done together.  We should all be proud…
Tribune: Chicago school to march in Pride Parade
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-gay-pride-parade-25-jun25,0,3925455.story

Sun-Times: East Lake View school’s straight parents line up with gays
http://www.suntimes.com/news/commentary/1622677,CST-EDT-edit15a.article 

If you’d like to participate:
Date:   Sunday, June 28
Time:   11:00-11:30 am
Place:  Line up with the groups near the front of the parade on Clark Street at Barry in the east curb lane (by CVS). We’re #17.

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  • 1. Y  |  June 26, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    You’ll see the Nettelhorst group going north on Halsted and south on Broadway only as far as the school. The group will be exiting the parade to have a celebration on the playground.

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