MAD Pride: The Great Escape Bed Push Parade and Party


The Great Escape Bed Push Parade and Party

Come out this Saturday, July 14, 2012, for The Great Escape Bed Push Parade and Party. Join myself, MPP Cheri DiNovo, and MP Peggy Nash along with great members of the Parkdale-High Park community!

2:30pm to 3:30pm: Parade
3:30pm to 5pm: Party

Start: CAMH 1001 Queen Street W.
Meet outside at the corner of Queen/Shaw.
End: PARC 1499 Queen Street W.

This parade from 1001 Queen Street W. (CAMH) to 1499 Queen Street W. (PARC) signifies our escape from asylums back into the community. Join us for some speeches, drumming, and a march/roll down the sidewalks of Queen Street W. Bring your costumes, pajamas, hats, mad gear, placards, signs, banners, instruments, children, family, friends – and yourself! There will be food and fun when we arrive at our final destination.
For information on MADPride week events please see:


What is Mad Pride:

Mad Pride is an arts, culture, and heritage festival created by psychiatric survivors, consumers, mad people, folks the world has labelled “mentally ill” and those in solidarity with us.

Mad Pride is about:

  • remembering and participating in mad history
  • challenging discrimination
  • advocating for rights
  • affirming mad identities
  • developing and empowering mad communities
  • having fun!

Our lives and contributions are valuable and need celebration!

All events are FREE.


MAD? What’s In A Word?

Similar to how LGBTQ communities are reclaiming the word “queer” Mad Pride activists seek to reclaim language that has been used against us such as “mad”, “nutter”, “crazy”, “lunatic”, “maniac”, and “psycho”.

Reclaiming language is political and challenges discrimination. Mad Pride participants use and refuse a variety of labels. We choose “mad”as an umbrella term.

For more information:

Reid, J. (2009). Student placement – learning at the Empowerment Council. Empowerment Report: The Newsletter of the Empowerment Council, 1(2), pp. 4.


Pride Really?

There have been multiple approaches to challenging discrimination against people with disabilities/disabled people including Pride. These started gaining ground in North America during the 1970s thanks to groups in the disability rights movement and other social movements.

The Mad Pride approach:

  • celebrates mad identities, communities, and cultures including our individual and collective strengths
  • confronts the shame we are made to feel about our psychiatric histories and experiences of madness
  • resists the oppression we encounter within aspects of psychiatric/mental health systems and society
  • reminds us and others that as mad people we have rights to be ourselves – just like everyone else


To learn more about MAD Pride please see their website at: