The annual celebration of Earth Day is a global event, with communities around the world coming together to honor our planet and deepen the commitment to action. In Durango, Colorado, the Earth Day celebration is a particularly special event, featuring the Procession of the Species Parade, a day-long festival in Buckley Park, plus sustainability events all April, including the family-fun Earth Bingo game—take 5 actions for a chance to win $500.
The Procession of the Species Parade on April 22
The Procession of the Species Parade will be a wildly fun feature of the Durango Earth Day celebration on April 22, 2023, and participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite animals, trees, fungi, or any other living thing found on Earth. The parade begins at 10:30 am (arrive at 10:10am) at the train station in Durango, Colorado and is set to move along Main Street until it reaches Buckley Park, where the celebration will be held.
The Procession of the Species Parade is a fun and creative way to celebrate Earth Day, allowing participants of all ages to express themselves by dressing up as their favorite living things. It’s also an excellent opportunity to educate children about the importance of preserving the environment and protecting the planet’s wildlife. If you need ideas for costumes or want to join in making your own, check out the May 15th Earth Day Mask Making Event sponsored by Sustainable Durango on April 15 from 12-4pm at Durango Sustainable Goods.
The Celebration at Buckley Park
After the Procession of the Species Parade, the Earth Day celebration continues at Buckley Park from 11 am to 3 pm. The park is transformed into a vibrant hub of activity with numerous booths, live music, delicious food, dancing, circus acts, sustainability workshops, and fun activities for kids. The festival provides an opportunity for attendees to learn about sustainability and commit to action, while also enjoying themselves with the many activities available.
One of the main attractions of the Earth Day festival in Durango is the live music featuring DJ Rasta Stevie and iAM Music artists. Local bands and musicians take to the stage to perform a variety of genres, from rock to folk to jazz. The music adds to the festive atmosphere, and attendees can enjoy dancing and singing along with the performers.
The circus acts at the Earth Day festival are another exciting addition to the event. Secret Circus Society will put on a show that is sure to thrill and entertain. The circus acts are a unique addition to the festival and provide a fun and lighthearted break from the educational workshops.
Speaking of workshops, the sustainability workshops at the festival are a great way for attendees to learn more about environmental issues and what they can do to help. The workshops cover a wide range of topics, from sustainable investing to social justice. The workshops are interactive and engaging, and attendees can leave with new ideas and inspiration for how they can make a difference.
Trash-to-treasure art + maker space
The festival also offers fun activities for kids, including “Trash-to-Treasure” Kids Art and MakerSpace activities. These activities are a great way to engage children in environmental education and help them develop a love and appreciation for the planet.
Help us have a zero waste event
Of course, no festival is complete without food, and the Earth Day festival in Durango has plenty of options to choose from. Food vendors offer a variety of delicious and sustainable options, from vegetarian and vegan fare to locally-sourced meat dishes. Attendees can enjoy a meal or a snack while also supporting local businesses and sustainable food practices.
Help us have a zero waste and low carbon event:
- Walk, bike or come by trolley. (We will have a monitored bike corral.)
- Bring It! and get a discount when your order. Bring a water bottle or travel mug, bowl or to-go container for food, silverware or spork.
- If you have any trash, bring it to the waste diversion station after the event.
If you’re looking for a fun and meaningful way to celebrate Earth Day, consider attending the Procession of the Species Parade and festival in Buckley Park in Durango, Colorado. You’ll have the opportunity to express your creativity, learn more about environmental issues, and support local businesses and sustainable practices. Don’t miss out on this beloved community event and don’t forget to BringIt!!