Causes, political parties and charities have a similar goal; recruit people to their side of the fence through information and facts. There are several ways to achieve this goal while showing support for your cause and generate buzz without violent actions. Choosing non-violent actions such as parades or marches allows you to get the word out for the cause without falling into the trap of violence. Violence does nothing but taint the cause you are supporting and create a never-ending loop of even more violence. Deciding on a peaceful parade does not mean you are not passionate about your cause. On the contrary, non-violent actions show just how serious you take your stance and how important it is for you to show your support without antagonizing your opponents.

Before you can have your parade, there are several steps that you must take to ensure the parade runs safely and smoothly. Contact the local government where the parade will be held and inquire the steps and application process for a parade. They will inform you of the regulations and guidelines you must follow.

Decide what will be in your parade and the theme you are trying to get a cross. Are you going to have floats and clowns throwing candy for the kids, or do you want more of a march and less of a parade. Advertise your parade in local newspapers and flyers. Another option for free advertising is to use social networking sites such as Google+, Twitter and Facebook. Facebook allows you to create events and invite other Facebook users for free. This is a quick and easy way to get the word out about your parade. You can also use social networking sites to find volunteers for the parade.

Plan the route the parade will take and ask any businesses along the route if they would like to donate products, services or time. Invite local organizations and high schools to join in on the parade. Make sure you inform the invited people what your parade is for and what message you are trying to get across. Find volunteers in your organization to help make signs and banners to carry while marching.

These are just a few tips to get you started with the parade planning process.

Continue reading the 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action.

Also check out The Politics of Nonviolent Action Part One / Part Two / Part Three.

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