Participants in last year’s Parade of Species. (Photo by Bethany Sonsini Goodrich/Sitka Conservation Society)

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Downtown Sitka will become a menagerie of creatures that walk, swim, fly, and crawl on Friday, April 20th. All are invited to dress as their favorite plant or animal for the Parade of the Species. Participants will meet at Totem Square at 2:45 p.m.

Claire Sanchez with the Sitka Conservation Society talks about the annual tradition, which precedes Earth Day (April 22nd) and has origins in the Procession of the Species, begun in Olympia, WA in 1995.

The parade will conclude at the Sitka Sound Science Center. Prizes will be awarded to the best plant and animal costumes, best use of recycled materials, and best group costume. Contact Sanchez at 747-7509 for more information.