Animal Pride Day 2019 was a resounding success. Not only did turnout match estimates, but marchers experienced strong support from municipal officers and police from both Switzerland and Germany (the march started in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland, and included a thrilling border crossing into Konstanz, Germany).
The march was peaceful and fun (and loud!) — with lots of singing and chants. Marchers, of course, carried colorful signs and flags. A few carried a giant puppet, and some wore animal costumes. Best of all, a large audience of non-vegans in the marketplace heard the animal rights speech.
The festival also went off without a hitch. Well-known animal rights activists and politicians gave speeches. Emaline Delapaix, Jutta König, Seimi, and Zaubermedizin provided musical entertainment. A children’s activity tent was a big hit, as was Alfredo Meschi, whose vegan tattoo project, In the Blink of an Eye (also known as Project X), has been making news.
The event and community building continued with an afterparty at a club in Konstanz and brunch the next day in Keruzlingen at the only all-vegan hotel in Switzerland. Christoph was surprised by how calm he felt throughout the event. He credits his team for this, saying, “I could rely on them and they on me.”