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Why A Parade

From 1986 – 2009 local organizations in Chicago Lawn once hosted a holiday parade bringing in 26000 people. TGI wants to re-envision it as a Mental Health Awareness Parade because;

  • Mental health is a stigmatized and pressing issue in black and brown communities 

  • There is already a cultural desire to do more with mental health awareness, with many notable institutions and movements already having led campaigns centered around mental health awareness as a focal point

  • A parade can bring awareness, dialogue and route resources for mental health while also building community cohesion in a creative and meaningful way 


Purpose of Parade

  • To celebrate those battling with mental illness honor those who lost their battle.

  • To humanize those suffering from mental health issues

  • To highlight mental health resources throughout Chicago 

  • To shift the culture and create a sense of unity in southwest communities


Parade Details

  • 63rd Springfield – 63rd Rockwell (1.7mi)

  • 11:00am – 1:00pm 

  • 6 wellness baggie (resources) checkpoints

  • July 18th, 2020  (Saturday) 

  • Floats, Bands, and Music

  • Parade Marshall – G-Herbo

  • 15000 people expected



  • Directory of community organizations that offer stress relieving services. E.g yoga, Zumba, healing circles

  • Directory of different type of affordable therapist throughout the city

  • Directory of organizations that offer trauma and wrap-around services for families, particularly youth

  • Directory of health clinics throughout the city

  • A list of help-lines

  • A list of coping methods and free coping items. 

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