Four year old Ellie Evangelista is from New York and her favorite superhero is of course Spider-Man. According to reports she went to her pre-kindergarten class and told some young boys about her love of the webhead. The boys then informed her that she couldn’t be Spider-Man, because Spider-Man is a boy. Her mom recently told ABC News that,
“She loves him so much,” Ellie’s mother Margaret Ryan told ABC News today. “She has a Spider-Man costume, Spider-Man pajamas, a Spider-Man shirt and Spider- Man toys. We’ve been watching superhero cartoons together, and she really wants to be him.”
The mom also told the website DNAinfo that:
“She started coming home and saying things like, ‘I don’t want to be a girl anymore because Spider-Man’s a boy, and I can’t be him if I’m a girl,'” Ryan explained. “So my husband and I started to navigate through that a little bit.”
The parents got their friends together and decided to organize a superhero parade. Kids are encouraged to dress up like whatever superhero they want and matching genders don’t matter.
“I’m really excited because even if only a few kids show up, Ellie is going to get to see different kids marching and having a good time while being dressed the way they want to regardless of what anyone else says,” Ryan said. “I can now say, ‘Hey! Look, that girl is Superman, and she can be whoever she wants to be, too!”
If you live in New York and would like to participate in the parade it will be held this Sunday at Bennett Park in Washington Heights at 11:00 a.m