This past Sunday was the day of Chicago Pride Parade, in its 48th year. CWS teachers, students, parents and staff marched to show Chicago our love for our school and to honor the strength and diversity of all our families in the Waldorf community. CWS is one of the founding schools to actively join in Chicago Pride Parade (along with Nettelhorst School we are the two longest participating schools). This will be our 7th year marching in the parade with a growing roster of independent & public schools, the Chicago Teachers Union, local High Schools and other educational, cultural and social service institutions.
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CWS marchers wore shirts, rainbow capes (hand-dyed by Waldorf students as is tradition at our school) and other parade swag and the students adorned themselves; some with rainbow facepainting and others with Waldorf temporary tattos that were a big hit when distributed to the crowds.
Kids used bubble machines, rode bikes and jumped rope all along the parade route. It was truly a crowd pleaser when the marchers could coax a parade monitor or police officer to join in the jumprope challenge and many of them obliged. High fives, noisemakers, confetti and well-wishes rounded out the crowd appreciation for our students and families who marched that day.
Overall it was a fantastic day complete with honoring ALL Waldorf families including our parents, students and community members from the LGBT community and its advocates and supporters. The parade demonstrates and reflects the great diversity and depth of people that make up our cosmopolitan city. On this day and in all ways, CWS is proud to SHOW OUR PRIDE of our community!
SLIDE SHOW: Click on the image to enlarge it to full view, then use left and right arrows on the edges to navigate.
Big Thanks to CWS parent Kevin Gates who took many of these great photos and the video.
Additional photos by CWS staff, Jason Greenberg and Madeline Fex.