The pink parade that will be hitting town May 31st through June 1st is one that you will not want to miss. Thousands of participants will gather early Saturday morning at Soldier Field – all with a common purpose – to show their support for people past, present and future that have suffered through the throes of breast cancer. These thoughtful, caring individuals hope that if enough awareness is gained, that maybe someday other family members and friends will no longer have to suffer from the pain and indignity of this horrendous disease!
The two-day ‘Walk’ begins with walkers arriving at the famous football stadium between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m. on May 31st. The ceremony will begin promptly at 6:30. Afterward, the streams of people, both male and female, young and old, of one heritage or another, will pour forth from the stadium unto the lakefront and make their way to Horner Park where they will camp, eat, have the opportunity for a shower before beginning to make the shorter trek back to Soldier Field on Sunday, June 1st.
If you have never witnessed or participated in this great opportunity, here is your chance to stop your busyness for a few minutes over that weekend and witness the walkers as they make their way along the sidewalks and city streets; past iconic Chicago sites and landmark locations such as :
· Museum Campus – home to the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Planetarium and Soldier Field.
· Buckingham Fountain – one of the largest fountains in the world and a true Chicago icon!
· Lincoln Park – Chicago’s largest park, which runs parallel to the lakefront for seven beautiful miles.
As the walkers finish up the 39.3 miles on Sunday, June 1st, there will be an Ending Ceremony that will begin promptly at 2:30 p.m. The end of the journey promises to be even more inspiring and fulfilling than the initial ceremony was.
As walkers make their way through the finishing gate, they will be applauded and thanked repeatedly. Their hands will be clasped and people will pray for them over and over again.
Family and friends are welcome to join them at the Ceremony and can park at the Waldron Deck Parking Garage located along East Waldron Drive. Rates are as follows:
· $20 per day
· $40 for overnight parking.
Please take note that parking at Soldier Field will be on a cash ONLY basis! Depending on where the family or friends are staying, they may want to consider public transportation or check into hotel shuttles; some of which are free.
The volunteers that participate in this walk will feel as though they want to do more with the reception and thanksgiving that they will encounter from the crowds. Witnessing this great activity will hopefully draw the attention of other future participants. The more the merrier means more than just sheer numbers at this event!