Discovery Southeast is inviting all local businesses, kid’s organizations and community members to participate in the annual Parade of Species during this year’s 4th of July parade.
The event aims to promote the biodiversity of Southeast Alaska through creative expression. Turn old t-shirts into salmon, umbrellas into jellies, or backpacks into dragonflies.
“There is more to the parade than having a fun costume, the mission is to celebrate the beautiful environment and creatures we have here in Southeast Alaska,” Christine Amor said in an email this week.
Amor is the AmeriCorps Ocean Literacy and Nature Educator working with DSE to promote the event.
Participants can craft independently, or they can work collaboratively to create schools of birds, jellies and insects.
“If crafting on your own seems overwhelming, no worries,” Amor said. “Discovery Southeast invites anyone to come on down to the Charter School’s art room for some worry-free crafting with the DSE team. We welcome people of all ages from 1-4 p.m. every day, the week of June 24-28.”
Discovery Southeast also has a van load of costumes in the works, Amor wrote, that will be available for anyone to wear the day of the parade.
There is also a crafting event happening at The Canvas from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 30.