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Celebrating Unity and Diversity: Parliament of the World’s Religions Hosts Spectacular Parade of Faiths

TUESDAY, JULY 23 – Chicago IL, a beacon of cultural diversity and inclusivity, is set to witness a remarkable display of harmony and diversity as the Parliament of the World’s Religions presents the inaugural Parade of Faiths on Sunday, August 13th, 1:30pm. The event is a vibrant celebration of religious and spiritual traditions, promoting interfaith dialogue, understanding, and respect among diverse communities.

The Parade of Faiths, brings together people from diverse religious backgrounds, cultural heritages, and walks of life. It serves as a testament to the Parliament of the World’s Religions’ commitment to fostering an inclusive society, where different beliefs are celebrated and honored.

The Parade of Faiths serves as a pre-Parliament event open to the public the afternoon before the opening of the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions conference, hosted August 14-18 at the McCormick Place Lakeside. Chicago holds the distinction of hosting the 1893 World Parliament of Religions, which was the landmark birthplace of the modern interfaith movement. 130 years later the Parade of Faiths will wind through the heart of McCormick Campus, marching from 1893 to 2023, steps away from McCormick Place, and in the home of the historic 1893 World’s Fair.

Spectators can expect to experience a captivating fusion of sights, sounds, and flavors, as the parade showcases the unique customs, rituals, and values of each participating faith. The parade will begin at 29th and Dr. Marin Luther King Drive, and will proceed north to Indiana Avenue and East Cermak Road and feature the participation of the Sikh Religious Society of Chicago, the Archdiocese of Chicago, the World Council of Muslims for Interfaith Relations, CAIR Chicago, SMVA Trust, Divine Life Society of South Africa, Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Chicago, Children of Abraham Coalition, Greater Chicagoland Pagan Pride and Pagans of Parliament, Urantia, Circle Sanctuary, The Green Tent, In Defense of Animals, the United States Raëlian Movement, Mambo Jae/ Special Herbs Botanica, and the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home “Peace Run”.

The parade promises to be the most captivating and diverse yet, featuring an array of colorful floats, mesmerizing performances, and spirited participants representing a wide range of faith communities. From vibrant processions and cultural displays to music, dance, and traditional costumes, the event will showcase the richness and beauty of different religious traditions.

“We are thrilled to host the inaugural Parade of Faiths and provide a platform for people of all faiths to come together from all over the world in celebration,” said Rev. Stephen Avino Executive Director of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. “This parade serves as a powerful reminder that, despite our diverse beliefs, we are all united in our shared humanity and the values of love, compassion, and understanding. We look forward to many more Parade of Faiths!”

For more information, including the parade route, participating organizations, and a detailed schedule of events, please visit:
Email: Phone: 312-629-2990

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About The Parliament of the World’s Religions: The Parliament of the World’s Religions cultivates harmony among the world’s spiritual traditions and fosters their engagement with guiding institutions in order to achieve a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. Its origins are rooted to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where the historic first convening of the World Parliament of Religions created a global platform for engagement of religions of the east and west. Headquartered in Chicago, Il, USA, the Parliament of the World’s Religions is an international 501(c)3 NGO affiliated to the United Nations Department of Public Information.