Residents celebrate Earth Day in Belfast with parade
On Tuesday, April 22, Belfast area residents commemorated Earth Day with a family-oriented parade that started at the Belfast Boat House and ended on the footbridge.
About fifty children ranging in age from babies to teenagers along with adult family members gathered at the Boat House wearing costumes and decorating tree branches. Participants then carried their colorful branches onto the Harbor Walk and down to the footbridge. Accompanying them were a pair of puffins, a polar bear, a walking solar panel and wind turbine, and lots of creative creatures, all enthusiastic about celebrating the day. City council member Mike Hurley and his band entertained participants along the route, adding to the festive atmosphere.
Organizers of the event reminded everyone that the first Earth Day, in 1970, was a “teach-in” — a time for Americans to examine how to live more sustainably and protect the country’s resources. It was clear that many in the crowd agreed that these are important goals.
The Earth Day parade was sponsored by the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition, Belfast Transition, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, and 350/Waldo County. Plans are already being made for next year’s parade.