mad pride parade. bed push

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We had a great time at the Bed Push Parade, June 16, 2017. Thanks to Samba Elégua and the fantastic volunteers and Mad-Rockers!

Images below show marchers carrying signs. If you know people and can help add a caption, please comment below.

Mad Pride Banner at front of parade
Mad Pride Banner at front of parade
The Bed! With Sarafin and Arif Virani
The Bed! With Sarafin and Arif Virani
Signs, Beds getting ready to march
Signs, Beds getting ready to march

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Marchers holding signs marching in the Mad Pride Parade in Toronto 2016We had a great time marching in the Bed Push Parade – Mad Pride March in 2016. We showed our strength in the community and made lots of noise along the way! We marched from the Parkdale Library along Queen Street to Trinity Bellwoods Park.

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Banners and bright colour signs from the mad pride parade in Salvador, Brazil

We are moving beyond stigma. We have history. We can be awesome.

Share me and get involved in this years Parade. torontomadpride@gmail.com subject line: “Bed Push Parade”

Banners and bright colour signs from the mad pride parade in Salvador, Brazil
Mad Pride parade in Salvador, Brazil, in 2009

By Alfredo Mascarenhas – originally posted to Flickr as II Parada do Orgulho Louco, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7102426

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Mad Pride Toronto invites you and your organization to create signs and banners to show off your pride at this years Bed-Push.

Picture of Mad Pride 2015 - Bed Push
Mad Pride 2015 – Bed Push

Marches are more fun and powerful when banners show solidarity and a great sense of humour. Especially when they include Mad-Puns: “Madvocates move me”, “I am Mad about equality”, “Truly Madly Deeply”, “MadInfo makes you Madawesome”. Here is some inspiration from France ( lamadpride@gmail.com).

MAD PRIDE 2015 – 13 juin à Paris

Do you have questions about making signs and banners? We will have a sign party closer to the March, but stay in touch and talk to your organization now.

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The Bed Push symbolizes and celebrates Mad peoples’ journey from the institution to the community:

Proud Bed Pushers at Toronto Mad Pride 2015
Proud Bed Pushers at Toronto Mad Pride 2015

Patients left hospitals like the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to live in the community.

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Involuntary patients / inmates escaped from institutions like CAMH and found their own rights and opportunities for self-determination, empowerment.

In 2015, the Bed Push went from Parkdale Library to Trinity Bellwoods Park a lovely walk that drew support, spread our voice and ended with terrific food.P1200973

Sounds and cheers were carried by the bed neé stretcher.

At the end of the march shady trees were a blessed sight!

Photo: Bed Push arrives
Photo: Bed Push arrives

Please join us this year on the Bed Push. We need volunteers NOW to plan the Bed Push. We also need volunteers on the day to help with carrying signs, food, sleepy people and marshals, media relations, and cheerleaders.

  • email us at torontomadpride at gmail.com and use the subject line: “Bed Push”

Looking forward to meeting you and talking soon.