St. Louis Earth Day Festival Gears Up for April 17

By Cassie Phillips
Executive Director, St. Louis Earth Day

As April 17th draws closer, St. Louis Earth Day is once again busy with coordination efforts for the 22nd annual Earth Day Festival in Forest Park. This community celebration focuses on environmental education and stewardship, and attracts around 25,000 attendees annually with over 250 exhibitors. St. Louis Earth Day invites your participation as a vendor or exhibitor at this important event. This year’s theme is “Be the Change”. Our goal is to challenge the region’s residents to commit to making changes in their lives that will have a positive impact on our environment and our neighbors. We hope that you, your work place, school, friends and family join us in this year’s celebration by committing to “Be the Change”.

The Festival is an all-day experience, where visitors can start by learning about area businesses and local organizations whose products and services enable a more sustainable existence. There are also numerous educational activities that families can enjoy; including the “Think Outside the Box” eco-art activity with the Teacher’s Recycling Center and a performance of “Shrew in a Few” by Shakespeare St. Louis. The All Species Parade, a Festival tradition, will kick off at noon and provides the opportunity to dress up in homage to your favorite species or combination of species. Anything goes and prizes will be awarded for the most impressive costumes. The entertainment continues on three stages showcasing the area’s finest talent, and if you get hungry, an impressive collection of local eateries will be offering a diversity of healthy, organic and local options to support your nutritional needs for seizing the day (and being the change!).

PARENTS, TEACHERS, ARTISTS and other creative folk – you can get a head start on your All Species Parade costume and props on Saturday, March 26th, by visiting the Teachers’ Recycle Center in Crestwood Court to select your building materials before heading down to “Play Your Art Out” where you’ll bring life to your ideas at ArtSpace. The All Species Parade was created for the St. Louis Earth Day celebration of 1990 with the slogan “Make a Change”. It has continued to dance its way through every festival since.

Be sure to visit the Festival Calendar on our website for up-to-date on details on the Earth Day Festival and other Earth Day-related events in the area: www.stlouisearthday.org.
Be a part of this event!

If you are a business, organization or government agency and register online by March 11, you will have your booth listed in the event program that will be printed in the April edition of The Healthy Planet magazine and handed out at the Earth Day Festival in Forest Park.

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