All Species Parade 2012


All Species Parade 2012


Music and Dance to keep the spirit of biodiversity alive!

After day of action to clean our coast, species of all kinds celebrated at the North Country Fair.  Creatures great and small—from giant fire ants and armadillos, to pink ponies, fox pups, beavers, birds, and butterflies—gathered in the streets to celebrate the diversity of life in the All Species Parade!

Humboldt County’s first All Species Parade took place at the North Country Fair in 1979.  Inspired by gentle nudgings from journalist Ponderosa Pine—who helped organize an All Species Parade in San Francisco the year before—and co-conspirator Olive Tree, Humboldt County’s first march of the species was a success and became a regular feature at the Fair.  As Tim McKay wrote of the parade years later in a commemorative North Country Fair publication, “…[the parade] does seem to sort of perpetuate itself [and] the animals do show up.”  Tim also expressed his hope that the NEC would some day put more time and energy into the parade and get more of the theater groups involved.

This year, with grand results, the NEC teamed up with Leslie Howabauten of local arts collective Synapsis to organize the eclectic procession.  A series of mask-making workshops for the public and in schools prior to the parade helped generate some species spirit. The day of the event was truly a collaborative spectacle, with participants from the Kinetic Sculpture Lab, Arcata Playhouse, Del Arte, and the community at large. Giant puppets, stiltwalkers, costumed revelers, musicians, and a handful of kinetic sculptures reveled about to the rhythm of Greg Moore’s Bandemonium.  

A huge thanks to all for making what was perhaps the largest All Species Parade yet such a success. We hope that the energy will continue to build for next year, when the North Country Fair will celebrate its 40th anniversary!!

**For photos of this year's
All Species Parade, CLICK HERE
for our gallery on Flickr!