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Parade for Love

  • Washington Square Park New York, NY 10012 (map)
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Choose Love Now
Hosted by Karla Rasmusson + Choose Love Now

Karla Rasmusson conceptualized the parade event in 2015, and the empowering message of Choose Love Now has evolved to address large issues, like national divide, inequity, injustice, and an epidemic of loneliness. We answer the question: "What can I do?" by igniting the first step to build a future of peace.

This activation of values in public spaces uses mindfulness and beauty as the tools.  

We start with meditation + music as everyone gathers in Washington Square park between the arch and the fountains. The movement begins the parade of people at 2pm. We walk through the arch and north on University Pl, towards the stage at Union Square Park.

Performers of all kinds are positions as love gatekeepers on each corner along the parade route to keep the flow vibes high. We gift flowers to everyone on the street to open the heart before opening the mind.

Gather around the stage, located on the north-west corner of Union square for guided connection activities and public performances. The vibration leaves an imprint of peace and a ripple effect of love.

Spend a moment at the conversation station as we turn strangers into neighbors by engaging conversations that matter. We use listening as a tool to bridge the national divide and make new friends.

The day finishes with an after-party fundraiser nearby. We dance and deepen connections into the night.

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