All Species Parade – Saturday, September 15

Anne Maher and Madison Peters carry the NEC banner in the 2016 Parade. Photo: NEC file.
Anne Maher and Madison Peters carry the NEC banner in the 2016 Parade. Photo: NEC file.

Join us on September 15 at the North Country Fair where we will be hosting our annual All Species Parade! For over 30 years, this event has celebrated the diversity of life, community, and creativity as part of the North Country Fair on the Arcata Plaza. Everyone is welcome to participate and be a part of the fun! Come dressed as the species of your choice to march and dance around the plaza with the band and others celebrating their favorite species. Meet at 12:30 p.m. behind the Tri-Counties Bank (697 8th St, Arcata) to get ready. The Parade starts at 1 p.m.!

Girl with jellyfish umbrella from the 2011 All Species Parade. Photo: Mark Larson.
Girl with jellyfish umbrella from the 2011 All Species Parade. Photo: Mark Larson.

The NEC has hosted the All Species Parade since 1979. To coincide with this year’s North Country Fair theme of Resilience, the theme of the parade will be: Resilient Species Bounce Back! In the modern world, many species have shown resilience in bouncing back from survival challenges. We can help resilient species bounce back in many ways: breeding species in captivity for release, removing invasive species, protecting habitat, banning dangerous chemicals, and much more.

It takes many different kinds of groups—federal, state, and local agencies and volunteer organizations—to make these efforts effective. Your help is needed to encourage elected officials to do the right thing to protect species and their habitats. The All Species Parade is an opportunity for the community to come together to celebrate life and species diversity, and recognize the interconnectedness that exists not only between people of this area, but also with all species with whom we share this space.

The NEC will be hosting a mask-making workshop on Friday, September 14 at the Sanctuary (1301 J St, Arcata) during Arts!Alive, starting at 6pm. We will have lots of materials available to use, but if you have something special or specific to your costume, please bring that as well!

Your participation helps make this event a success! Join us September 15, 2018 on the Arcata Plaza as your favorite species and don’t forget to bring your family and friends along as well. We hope to see you there!

Click here for more about the All Species Parade!