A People- and Puppet-Powered Celebratory Parade

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Join us in the 16th annual Peoplehood, an all-ages people-powered tradition/holiday that brings community together to celebrate our past year, tell our stories, and look forward to building a more just and joyous year ahead. Peoplehood is and always has been an expression of challenging discrimination in all its harmful forms. This year’s Peoplehood Parade will pay powerful tribute to the movement for Black lives, and we at Spiral Q make this offering as artists in response to this critical moment. We invite you and your group, in all of your creativity and boldness, to move together with us as you always have - or in solidarity with this year’s theme.

We welcome your organization, coalition, group and/or cause to join us in this year’s parade in a bold and powerful way!

  • Move in the parade! March with us, walk with us, roll through the streets with us! Wheelchairs, bicycles and strollers are welcome (but motorized vehicles are not. We are people-powered).

  • Bring your own banners, signs and artwork, or create something new!

  • You can choose to join a Spiral Q art section that will highlight five strands of our theme: The Shoulders We Stand On, In Memoriam: Lives We’ve Lost, Defiance + Dismantling, Healing + Reconciliation and Dare to Imagine Transcendence -- or you can appear with your own expressions and messages.

  • The parade will culminate in Clark Park with a series of participatory art-making activities in honor of our theme. Contact us if you’d like to lead an activity or “table” for your organization in the park!

If you would like to join in, please fill out this form to sign up your group, and be sure to contact Jennifer at community@spiralq.org if you have any questions. And please help us spread the word! If there are other groups that you would like to see participate in Peoplehood, please share this flier or let us know who we can share it with. The more people, the stronger the Peoplehood.

Please note: the parade route is roughly 1.25 miles. If you want to participate in the parade and have limited mobility, meet us along the parade route! Fill out the form above and we’ll be in touch.

The Details

Saturday, Oct. 24th, 1pm

4951 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA

Parade lines up at NOON on 50th Street at Walnut St.

Parade steps off at 1PM

Parade is followed by a potluck of arts & activism in the park around 2PM


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About Spiral Q

Spiral Q is an interdisciplinary ensemble of artists, activists, and cultural organizers who work to build strong and equitable communities characterized by creativity, joy, can-do attitudes and the courage to act on their convictions. Through our work with people young and old, we inspire creative risk-taking and art-making through our educational programs, creative consulting services, puppet pageants, parades and more. Please visit www.spiralq.org for more information about our work or to support Spiral Q.

Peoplehood is presented by and features (as of 9/10/15):

Spiral Q

The Friends of Clark Park

Girard Medical Center

Girls Rock Philly

Little Chair Printing

Neighborhood Bike Works

The Paul Robeson House

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

The West Powelton Steppers

with support from the Bread & Roses Community Fund