Ruffle your feathers and join the annual Parade of Species on Friday, April 19

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Channel your inner eagle, urchin, bear or ladybug by wearing your Tongass-inspired costume during the Sitka Conservation Society‘s 12th annual Parade of Species on Friday, April 19.

Gather at 2:30 p.m. at Totem Square, and the parade starts marching down Lincoln Street at 3 p.m. The parade finishes at the Rasmuson Student Services Center on the Sheldon Jackson Campus, where participants can check out several Earth Day-related booths.

Prizes will be awarded in these categories — Best Use of Recycled Material, Most Creative, Most Realistic, and Best Local Animal. Wear a Tongass-inspired costume, enjoy a nice walk through downtown Sitka, then join us for family friendly games after the parade at Rasmuson Center on the Sitka Fine Arts Campus.

Kids wanting help building costumes can join the Alaska-Way-of-Life 4H club for a pair of recycled costume-making classes from 4-6 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday at the Karsh Classroom at the Sitka Sound Science Center. Some materials will be provided. Classes are free and open to the public.

On Monday, April 15, three staff members from the Sitka Conservation Society discussed the Parade of Species and other Earth Day/Week events on the Morning Interview on KCAW-Raven Radio. Photos from the 2012 Parade of Species can be found on the Sitka Conservation Society page on Facebook.

For more information, contact Tracy Gagnon of the Sitka Conservation Society at 747-7509.

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