Procession of the Species Celebration

Described as the “crown jewel” and the “quintessential event” characterizing the personality of Olympia, the Procession of the Species Celebration is an annual, region-wide Earth Day pageant where the languages of art, music, and dance culminate in a joyful (if not outlandish!) expression of environmental awareness, understanding and appreciation for the natural world. Held in collaboration with the Downtown Business Association’s Art’s Walk, the Procession draws up to 30,000 spectators and 3,000 participants, thus accounting for the largest income producing day for several downtown businesses.

Created by the community for the community, the Procession endeavors to elevate the dignity of the human spirit by enhancing the cultural exchange between communities and the natural world through imagination, creation and sharing. Founded in 1995 as a program of Earthbound Productions, seven weeks of art, music, and dance workshops are provided in advance through a community art studio that is free and open to the public.

  • ADA Accessible
  • Interpretive Signage
  • Visitor Center on Site
  • Event Held Annually on the Forth weekend in April

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