How you can help us!
The 4th of July parade is the major EEDS event of the year, and involves the most planning and preparation, involving almost every member of the school, plus a dedicated group of family, friends and volunteers. Thanks to all of our generous and wonderful Kickstarter donors in 2014, we were able to put on our best 4th of July Parade yet! We have also made strides in the past year, including being voted the Best Cultural Organization in the US by the Brazilian International Press, an award we were honored to accept in person on May 9th in Ft. Lauderdale.
The whole EEDS community comes together for this 4th of July parade, and everyone looks forward to it all year. It is also a unique undertaking - there is no other parade like this in Chicago. We are dedicated to bringing the spirit of samba to Chicago, and the 4th of July parade is the perfect venue to introduce samba to a new audience. The goal is to execute a Rio-style samba parade, complete with several alas (wings) of dancers and percussionists. For the parade, we also bring together other Brazilian cultural groups in Chicago including Capoeira and other percussion groups. Nearly all parade elements are created by EEDS members and volunteers by hand including: costumes, props, float elements, shirts and signs.
In helping to create this event, members of EEDS have to pool together their creative skills and work as a community. Kickstarter donations would go toward parade materials such as the float structure and decorations, costumes for the dancers and percussionists, payment for the teachers, as well as scholarships for members who can’t afford full-priced summer-session classes. We have a complete budget of parade expenses below, based on the costs our previous Carnaval parades.
Where Your Money Will Go:
- Summer Session Scholarships - 200
- Costume Elements - 225
- Shirts/Hats for Bateria - 300
- Float Building Materials / Supplies - 1000
- Teacher and Float Driver Payroll - 500
- Entrance Fee - 75
- Total: $2300
Other Ways to Support the Parade
Founded in 2003, the Evanston Escola de Samba (EEDS) is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to teach, perform, and promote Brazilian music and dance as a vehicle for arts education and community engagement in Chicagoland. Evanston Escola de Samba literally means “Evanston Samba School,” and the idea for EEDS was inspired by the samba schools of Rio de Janeiro, which gather large groups of percussionists, dancers and singers from all backgrounds to parade during the Brazilian Carnaval each year.
Based on this framework, EEDS fulfills its mission while building bridges across ethnic, generational, and social groups. All ages and levels are welcome to participate in EEDS. EEDS offers workshops, classes and residencies in the greater Chicago area as well as events and concerts. Everyone is welcome! For more information visit our website: http://evanstonescola.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
Our main risk and challenge is potentially inclement weather on the 4th of July (this is Chicago, after all). With your support, we hope to construct our float out of durable materials, relying less on materials that can be damaged by rain, such as paper.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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