On Saturday, April 4, 2009, the 15th Annual Tucson Earth Day Festival will take place at Reid Park, located on the corner of Country Club Road and 22nd Street. The all-day event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The festival will provide environmentally-themed activities for all ages. The theme of this year’s Earth Day Festival is “All Species Deserve a Green Habitat!” and the event is free.
One of the highlights of the Tucson Earth Day Festival is the “All Species Procession” parade. This year the parade begins at 10:00 a.m. Unlike many parades, anyone can participate as long that they promote green living. Individuals of all ages can dress up like endangered species, plants, bugs, or any living thing in costumes made of recycled or reused materials. There are no floats. Participants can used non-motorized things like bikes and wagons or vehicles powered by an alternative fuel source.
A number of exhibitors will also be present at the 15th Annual Tucson Earth Day Festival, some of them featuring hands-on activities for children in attendance. The exhibitors with provide information on alternative energy vehicles, environmentally-friendly products, water conservation, household waste and preservation. They hope that the exhibits with be entertaining and educational.
The Earth Day Festival also has a few contests in which young people in the community can participate. Middle school students can participate in the Solar Competition. To enter this competition, they must design models of solar electric cars or houses. They can construct the models according to their wishes as long as they are solar powered. The competition begins at 10:45 a.m. and the winners are announced at 1:00 p.m. For information about kits, contact Stacy at [email protected]
The Clean Air Poster Contest is open to local high school students. For this Earth Day competition, students create original artwork with a message about clean air. The student with the winning poster will get to see it displayed on the outside of a Sun Tran bus that will be present at Clean Air Days Events during the month of April. Individuals who ride the city bus will also have the opportunity to view the winning artwork if they get on that particular one. Entry forms are located on the festival’s websites.
No festival would be complete without food and music for all participants. Batacaxe, a drum/dance ensemble in Tucson combines a variety of Brazilian music, including samba, samba afro, samba reggae and afoxe. This group is amazing, especially the way the drummers are so perfectly synchronized. They will participate in the parade and have a separate performance. Other groups will also be performing.
Earth Day was established in 1970 and the celebration has continued to grow and become part of spring as the years have progressed. The 15th Annual Tucson Earth Day Festival ushers in a month of events in the area that talk about the environment. For more information about this festival and other events, visit the official website at http://www.tucsonearthday.org/.