Come celebrate Earth’s resources at the Annual Tucson Earth Day Festival and Parade in combination with The Water Festival on Sunday, April 21, 2013. The events are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Reid Park, off Country Club Road north of 22nd Street. The Parade starts at 10 a.m. Last year, there were nearly 100 exhibitors and about 4,500 attendees. In its 19th year, the Tucson Earth Day Festival and Parade with the theme Green Planet, Green Future is partnering with the 4th Annual Water Festival, presented by Tucson Arts Brigade, a community arts and education organization.Experience fun and engaging exhibits that provide hands-on activities and take-away information about how to preserve Earth’s resources for our children of the future. A wide variety of topics will include water conservation, water quality, air quality, household hazardous waste, habitat conservation, alternate fuels, sustainability and other eco topics. In addition, the Earth Day Festival will feature a Farmer’s Market and The Water Festival offers water-inspired entertainment and workshops.Be a spectator or join the parade. Schools, bands, families, community and youth groups, mascots, businesses and agencies will be marching in the parade, sharing friendly eco-messages that focus on this year’s theme “Green Planet, Green Future.”Learn about alternate-fuel vehicles. Curious about saving money on fuel and reducing greenhouse gases? Vehicles powered by clean fuels such as biodiesel, compressed natural gas, electricity, ethanol, propane and even waste vegetable oil may be on display.Participate in the Model Solar Race Car/Solar House Competition which is open to middle school students to show off their design and construction skills. Kits for this competition are available from the Society of Women Engineers atwww.swetucson.org/solar.Enjoy the Art Show, “The Vibe” Live Art Happenings, and the Design for Water Solutions Contest. Featured at The Water Festival, at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, these activities invite artists to display or sell their water-inspired visual, performing and literary arts. Aztec performance group Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc, Tucson Women’s Chorus, One Heartbeat, and Richard Noel are among featured performers, plus Mermaid Odette will be in the wishing well. The RUMBA will feature art made from recycled materials. The Water Festival encourages creative water solutions for our arid environment.Join the 3-mile “Walk for Water” featured at The Water Festival and presented by Aveda Institute. You are invited to walk to raise funds for water in impoverished nations, where three miles is the distance that many women must walk to provide water for their families. The walk is 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., before the official festival start time, at The Water Festival’s venue, Reid Park DeMeester Outdoor Performance Area.For more info on the Tucson Earth Day Festival and Parade, go to www.tucsonearthday.org, call (520) 206-8814 or e-mail email@example.com. Find the festival on Facebook at Tucson Earth Day Festival.
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