I’d like to share something with you that is very near and dear to my heart.
It is a place of peace and love, worship and reverence, of science, nature and art. It is an event that brings a town together through the creation of art, dance, magic and love of all things beautiful and wonderful. A celebration of diversity and the natural bounty of the earth, a lovely ‘pomp and circumstance’ of all species. It is an event where I let my “Freak Flag” fly. 🙂 A place where I find my “flow.”
I share with you the 2013 Procession of the Species!
The mission of the Procession, as described by its founder, Eli Sterling is:
“The intention of the Procession is to elevate the dignity of the human spirit by enhancing the cultural exchange between communities and he natural world; and to advance that exchange through the languages of art, music and dance.”
This year was the 19th annual Procession of the Species, and it has been my great pleasure to have been a participant for the past nine years…or has it been 10? I’ve lost count…
Each year community members spend hundreds of hours making large scale creations, batiking, making personal costumes, practicing dance choreography or rehearsing with their bands. There are two community art studios open for weeks before the parade where you can create something special, learn a new craft, help others with your skills or work on a large scale project. The creativity that surrounds this special time in the spring is unlimited!
Two years ago, DH and I went down the art studio to batik and that is where we made a friend who introduced us to bee-keeping. You never know what will come of the time you spend out among your community, and increasingly we have realized the hidden blessings that come with those experiences.
The rules of the parade are simple: No live animals, no written or spoken words, and no motorized vehicles or creations. The Procession is organized by the elements, Earth, Fire, Wind and Water. There are various bands and dancers spread throughout, and the community lines the parades lengthy route in a thick throng…rain or shine, because this is Washington, after all…
The highlights of the parade this year for me were that it was Sweet Baby’s first time in the parade out of utero, and the plastic bag Whale Project, and the AMAZING Giraffe!
Without further adieu, I present to you the 2013
I prioritize silliness, happiness, blissfulness, togetherness, healthfulness, joyfulness, peacefulness, and LOVE.
And, don’t forget the magic…
Shared with: Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways, Wildcrafting Wednesday