11 Jun '11, 3pm
French Vegetarians Come Out of the Kitchen for a Veggie Pride Parade
The 2008 Paris Veggie Pride Parade. The poster reads: "Animals are my friends and I don't eat my friends." Photo: huguesdk under a Creative Commons license . Living in France, I have to say it's a pretty green country. Every sizable city I've been to has good public transportation, climate change is taught in schools, a national debate is considering opting out of nuclear power, and lots of food is consumed locally. But there's one big gap on the French sustainability resume: vegetarianism is close to non-existent, and closer to invisible. From my anecdotal experience, the idea of not eating meat at all strikes most French as equally strange as eating an enormous bucket of fried chicken. But today, the country's vegetarians are marshaling for the 11th annual Veggie Pride Parade , to make their presence known and their voices heard.