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Earth Day 2009: The Green Generation

A few photos from the Earth Day parade that I went to this past weekend at Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance in Silk Hope, NC. It's such a wonderful festival in beautiful rural North Carolina - I heard lots of great music but this parade was my favorite part. Puppets created by NC artists/activists Paperhand Puppet Intervention whose mission statement includes:

Our vision is inspired by our love for the earth and its creatures (including humans) as well as our belief in justice, equality, and peace.









Looking at these photos might make it hard to believe that North Carolina just barely "turned it blue" in the election last fall. :) I love going to bohemian gatherings like this one (we are making progress here in the Tar Heel state)!

Happy Earth Day!

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Wow...those puppets are truly gorgeous!


Wow, Annie, those are some fantastic puppets. Very creative and colourful! It looks like a fun event, and in a very good cause.

Hi Jill, they are pretty cool, aren't they? Last summer I took my nephews to a Paperhand Puppet performance called "I Am An Insect" and it was all these enormous creepy-crawly puppets, just incredible!

Sandra, it was so much fun. There were so many Earth Day events going on around here last weekend, and I'm glad I ended up going to this one.


Fabulous pictures. I wish my students were doing more for Earth Day today; we were in Ventura over the weekend, where there was a beach clean-up going on, pre-Earth Day.

Great photos. And what a parade!
It is great that NC is making progress for the environment.

I love these earth day shots. Wish I had been there.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, this sounds like a cool Earth Day parade! I really like the neat looking puppets. And everyone looks like they are having a great time.
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful photos with us.

Have a great evening!

Thanks for your comments everyone.

Marcia, most of the Earth Day activities here took place on the weekend prior. A beach clean-up sounds like a great event!

Candi, it was cool because this music festival had a Sustainability Fair with all kinds of exhibits and info about being green.

Carver, this was my first time going to Shakori and I was so impressed with it. A very well-organized and fun event - I'll definitely go back.

Kathy, it was SO much fun! Thanks for your comments.

Wow, gorgeous puppets! Did any of the kids get scared? Some of them look almost a little scary to me!

Sounds like a great festival!!

Chiocciola, all the kids I saw were having a blast, I didn't see anyone who looked scared. And last year, my nephews were so entranced by these puppets, and not scared at all. The whole vibe of these shows is so benign, I'd be surprised if a kid was afraid. :)

What a fun parade! Lots of fantastic characters and puppets.


Maria, it was a lot of fun. The Shakori festival is a four-day long event, and many people went and camped for the whole time. Stan and I just went for one day but I think I'd like to go for longer next year.


Annie, I love your photos of the Parade and ,especially, the puppets. What a good cause and noble vision!


Sheri, thanks! I agree, I admire their vision statement. I think all the puppets are made from recycled materials, so they are green too (and green is good!).


Annie, this looks like an awesome and exuberant celebration! Thanks for the photos, I love the puppets and the big blue butterfly :)

That's funny that you mentioned that it is hard to believe that North Carolina just barely "turned it blue" by looking at these photos. That is just what I was thinking! Very cool celebration! Love seeing so many kids there.

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