2019 PERFORMERS

*All performers can be seen on the main stage at the post-parade festival between 1 p.m. and 5 p..m in Union Square Park North. 

 
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THE REPRESSIONS

Opening Band

The Repressions are an upbeat art-therapy-rock-funk-vaudeville band that want to make everyone feel better. Vegan for the animals, The Repressions write and dedicate their songs for anyone who has ever been made to feel small for being kind, smart or sensitive. They perform live monthly all over New York City including venues such as Pianos, Sidewalk, Maggie Reilly's, Jamesons, The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Wayward Social, Singlecut Beersmith, Terra Firma, LIC Beer Project, Dolphin Bookshop & Cafe, The Irish Whiskey Bar, Joe's Garage, Banter, Shillelagh Tavern, Astoria Beer n Brew, The Grand Victory, LIC Bar,Espresso 77, OK Cafe, The Local, The Quays Pub and The Wolfhound.

Come catch the Repressions play their original music on the main stage of the Veggie Pride Parade 2019 in Union Square Park!


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HONEY LABRONX

Drag Show Artist

Honey LaBronx stars in her own YouTube cooking series, The Vegan Drag Queen, and hosts the Big Fat Vegan Radio podcast. An LGBTQ rights activist, she is committed to bringing discussions about animal rights, intersectionality, and social justice to new audiences. In 2011, she was one of 8 activists arrested for blocking New York City traffic while demonstrating for marriage equality alongside her drag mother, Bob The Drag Queen. She has performed around the world raising funds for local animal sanctuaries, rescues, and activist organizations. Out of drag Honey --Ben Strothmann -- is an actor, singer, playwright, and theatrical photographer, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  


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LIZ SARD

Rapper

Nancy Kogel, AKA “Liz Sard,” has been writing vegan/animal rights songs (and raps), a few of which, called "RAP-zoo-deez" will be performed here, with her invisible, inaudible band “Rap Tilly-Ann.” Active in social justice movements for many years, Nancy sees them all as integrally related and essential, with animal rights/veganism being  super essential (i.e. a matter, literally, of life and death). Her activism has included founding the organization ROAR! (Reaching Out for Animal Rights), producing a weekly TV show (see ROAR’s Youtube channel), speaking and leafleting in NYC subways, creating vegan/animal rights clothing designs and writing songs (which she hopes will blossom into a full blown musical).


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RACHEL LYNN

Singer-Songwriter

Rachel Lynn is a NYC-based, classically trained vocalist and touring musician whose original soulful pop music resonates with the passion of a singer-songwriter raised on 90′s pop and Motown masterpieces. Lynn has performed at numerous NYC venues including The Studio at Webster Hall, Rockwood Music Hall, and Bowery Electric and has toured regionally across the east coast. Lynn was named one of New Music Seminar’s Top 100 Artists on the Verge, was selected to officially showcase at CMJ and the NACA Mid-Atlanta Showcase, and recently played three shows during SXSW 2017. Lynn was featured in publications such as The Philadelphia Examiner, AXS, You, Me & Charlie, and more following the release of her acoustic self-titled EP.


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ERIC WALTON

Emcee

Eric Walton is a New York-based activist, photographer, performer, and writer. He's been a vegan since 1991. In 2014, he founded Vegan Future Now, a grassroots organization dedicated to vegan education, outreach, and advocacy. His writing on veganism and animal rights has been published in American Vegan Magazine and the Stamford Journal of Compassion. His photographs have appeared in the New York Times, the Village Voice, the New York Daily News, and many other publications. He regularly documents animal rights demonstrations around New York City and is very honored to be returning for his third consecutive year as the master of ceremonies for the New York Veggie Pride Parade.


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RUFUS GIBSON

DJ

Rufus Gibson is a Buffalo native who knows a thing or two about house music. His style is highly reminiscent of the 90s, drawing an immense amount of inspiration straight from Chicago. He has a soulful, funky, jackin' style that is a rare find among young producers and DJs these days. His mixing capabilities paired with the depth of his crate make him arguably one of the best up and coming DJs in the Northeast.

Rufus is the DJ at the Official Afterparty of the 12th Annual Veggie Pride Parade at VSpot Organic at 12 St. Marks Place in Manhattah. Heartbeat NYC is an expression of freedom and happiness for all living beings. Come loose yourself in the music! Dinner is at 7:45 p.m. and dancing starts at 9 p.m. and lasts until 2 a.m. All welcome. Tickets are $25 and are available by clicking here.


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GALIT MOR

Singer

Galit was born and raised in Israel and studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and performed with the Israeli opera chorus. She currently lives in NYC with her husband and both have been vegan for three and a half years.


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SAMANTHA LEAH

Hip Hip is Green

Samantha Leah is a multi-faceted, plant-based independent writer, producer, and recording artist. She began performing in commercials and theater as a young child until she decided to take matters into her own hands and create her own original content as a young adult. Her  unique sound is ever-changing and ever-expanding. She possesses a strong adoration of r&b and hip-hop, but one will also find many other influences in her music; including trap, deep house, pop, jazz, and so on. She believes that music artists should not be pigeon-holed into specific genres and is, therefore, always challenging herself to create new, innovative sounds. Leah is very passionate about what she stands for and has a very hard-working mentality. She is hungry for knowledge--mostly spiritually based--and spends all of her free time reading, writing, watching informative documentaries, doing yoga, and so on. She prides herself on complete independence, hoping to prove that an artist need not be defined by a major record label, but instead by their OWN thoughts, emotions, and experiences being expressed through their OWN unique one-of-a-kind sound.


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DARIEN STAXX

Hip Hop is Green

Darien is a young, plant-based artist born and raised in LA. He was exposed to music at a very young age, as he watched his mother, H'Atina, perform with her jazz band. Soon after, he began playing the piano and guitar in front of the crowd-alongside his mother. After discovering homelessness from 18-19 years of age, life put him through trials and tribulations that proved to play a big role in the evolution of his art. He now considered himself a “Messenger”-not a "rapper," per say. After having dabbled in writing and projecting messages in combination with melodies, he released his first mixtape titled, “Loose Leaf,” giving brief descriptions and stories within his life and, ultimately, how he felt about the darker side of human attributes. He started to produce his own music around this time, beginning solely with an old laptop and recording through voice memo on his phone. His newest music shines light on his progress as not only a human being, but a spiritual being. On his journey, he progresses more and more each day, knowing that changing himself for the better ultimately leads to changing the world for the better. 


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UPSIDEDOWN PINEAPPLES

AcroYoga performers

The Upside Down Pineapples, also known as Jennifer Margulis and Daniel Dozark, have been practicing acroyoga for the past several years. They graduated from the Warrior Bridge AcroYoga Teacher Training Program. The dedicated base flyer duo is famous for their matching pineapple shorts and high energy level both as performers and teachers. They perform all around the country.  


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ALEX CARABANO

Comedian

Alex Carabaño is a Brooklyn native who co-owns and co-runs two Latin vegan restaurants, VSpot. He has also been a televised comedian on BET’s Apollo Live and was a contestant on the CBS reality show, show, The Job. Alex has performed overseas opening for Comedy Central’s Tony Woods and in the Caribbean with HBO's Wil Sylvince. He regularly performs in the New York scene at comedy clubs and has been featured in the Boston Comedy Festival.


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TILKE HILL

Actress, Director, Writer, Producer, Film Festival Director, Vegan

Vegan-ish at Veggie Pride Parade is an introduction to the taste and feel of the upcoming fictional podcast serial mockumentary - Vegan-ish. The Rise of an Empire. April 14th on the main stage, come check out Vegan-ish, a parody sketch like as seen on Saturday Night Live, where the two founders of Vegan-ish meet the sharks on Plant Tank (our version of Shark Tank). The veggie-preneurs (using their own distinct outlooks) pitch their new vegan media empire and try to get more funding and exposure from the wealthy green business moguls. Hilarity ensues.

Presented by The New Hotness, Inc.

The New Hotness, Inc. is a new media company dedicated to inclusion. We believe that all voices deserve to be heard and all stories need a platform to be told, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender identity or sexual orientation. www.thenewhotness.rocks


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“THE VEGAN RAPPER” TK the Artist

Rapper

 TK The Artist is an American Hip Hop artist, RnB song writer, ASCAP Publisher and model. Born in The Bronx, New York, on September 17, 1989, Hip Hop MC TK The Artist is the son of a linguistic. He released “All We Are The Plants” Vol. 3, 2 as well as 1 between 2017 and 2018 about experiencing a new and better life as a vegan. “Hard Work Pays Off" in 2015 SoundProze and TK presents: "Representing Hip Hop" in 2013 “Not Your Average Rapper" in 2011. TK The Artist grew up in the Bronx raised by a single mother who worked hard to educate him and put food on the table. He writes and records music about what he witnessed growing up in rough neighborhoods and the positive things to look forward to in life. TK recalls, "That was probably the roughest part about it all; staying positive."


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PHILLY STALLONE

Performer

Philly Stallone has been vegan for the past 8 years and is an animal rights activist in NYC. He is an organizer of protests & outreach events as well as the creator of New York City's animal rights music festival "Can I Live." You can find him on the street fighting for animals or hosting his podcast ARA RADIO. His passion for Hip Hop & animals has brought him here today to perform for you all. You can follow him on Facebook @PhillyStallone.