What is Celebrate!38?
The U.S. Constitution is the only major, written constitution in the world that does not explicitly guarantee gender equality. For nearly 100 years dedicated Americans have endeavored to change this and in 1972 Congress finally approved the Equal Rights Amendment. The amendment language is modeled after the 19th Amendment and would make sex discrimination illegal / unconstitutional. In January 2020, Virginia became the 38th and final state needed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment for its addition into the Constitution.
Celebrate!38 is a celebration Virginia’s ratification, International Women’s Day, and an event to raise awareness that the ERA is still unfinished business and won’t be official until it has been enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.
Is this a family-friendly event?
Yes! It is family-friendly and appropriate for people of all ages. Strollers, wheelchairs, and motorized scooters are welcome on the parade route.
Where do I park?
Street parking is free on Sundays and should be fairly available since VCU will be on spring break. Overflow parking is available at the nearby West Main Street parking garage (801 W Main St — self park — $2/hr).
Is bus transportation to/from the event available?
Advocates have arranged bus transportation from two locations thus far: Harrisonburg and Staunton. For more information and sign-up/payment options, download the Celebrate!38 Bus Information.
What accommodations are arranged for people who are differently abled?
The celebration is scheduled to begin and end in the same location to accommodate anyone who wants to enjoy the program, festivities, and food trucks without the parade to the Virginia State Capitol and back (round trip ~ 2.5 miles).
During the programming time before and after the parade, a sign-language interpreter will join the speakers on the stage.
For anyone uncomfortable standing for long periods of time, we recommend bringing a camping chair to Monroe Park. Some volunteers will remain at the park during the parade portion of the day, and if you are so inclined, you could leave your chair. We cannot be responsible for lost or stolen chairs but recommend putting your name on the chair and placing it close to the on-site police station.
The parade will pause at the Virginia State Capitol steps for a photo. Anyone who wants to be in the photo without participating in the parade can arrange for a Richmond pedicab (804-286-2330), Über, lyft, or drive and park a second time. There will be plenty of time to do so as the parade participants make their way to the Virginia Capitol. If you are being dropped off at the Capitol and stairs are not your friend, ask to be dropped off on Broad Street / Capitol Street and walk to the steps from there (a pedicab should be able to take you through the main entrance which the parade participants will use).
Are there other options besides walking in the parade?
Yes, you are welcome to ride a bicycle or a scooter if you’d like. Feel free to bring your own or you can rent one. Bike rentals are available at the park (first come, first serve). Scooters are available around the city through either Bird or Bolt rental companies. We have contacted these companies with a request for a drop at the event but you will want to check the app and maybe even pick one up nearby and bring it along.
Will the parade be environmentally friendly?
We plan for this event to be as close to “no waste” as possible and encourage people to bring a water bottle (stickers to decorate water bottles, upgrade a button, or decorate a pop socket are available at our donor shop). Water bottle refill stations will be available at Monroe Park and on the route of the parade.
Additionally, when the parade is over we will have a sign depository section so we can easily clean up and recycle signage. We have asked our food trucks to stay as environmentally friendly as possible and have volunteers who will run the clean-up detail of the parade.
Is there a rain date?
No. The event will be held rain or shine, so please wear weather-proof clothing and bring umbrellas if necessary. If the weather looks to be rainy, please consider bringing along / painting an umbrella that would go with your color wave of the parade. We invite you to join us in executing your very best “no bad weather” dances and ceremonies from now until March 8th.