Penelo P Pod and Chris P Carrot
On Sunday, I walked in the Veggie Pride Parade in New York. Here's how the day unfolded...
First things first--and that means fueling up for the walk. VKO, Leinana and I had breakfast at S'Nice in the West Village. I ordered a larger-than-life bagel with tofu cream cheese and tomato [and yes, I ate the whole thing].
And Leinana feasted on the sesame "chicken" sandwich [VKO is simultaneously shooting the sandwich with her iPhone camera on the right. Get a bunch of food bloggers together and this is what we do!]
The crowd assembled. Our posse marched for Farm Sanctuary. From left to right, me, Andrea of Brazil Nut, VKO, Leinana, Robbie who is holding Stella, zee French Bulldog, and Dani. Stella was abandoned [Who could leave that smooshie face?!] and Dani and Robbie adopted her.
And we're off. Marchers included a guy who rocked his hula-hoop the entire length of the parade, a girl with a killer bod who wore a bikini made of cabbage leaves, and a whole slew of folks dressed as fruits and veggies.
The only discernable hater was one older man who kept screaming at people in the street to "stop eating animals." Okay, I agree with him. But when was the last time you did something because you were yelled at or coerced, as opposed to deciding of your own free will? I'm sure his heart was in the right place, but his mouth certainly was not. People hear that venomous tone and that's their main takeway: that all vegans are angry and irrational.
Back to positive people. I finally got to meet Melisser, of the Urban Housewife. Isn't she adorable? She is writing a book called The Vegan Girls' Guide to Life, sure to be a smash hit.