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Pirate Theme to Celebrate Decatur Earth Day Festival

A kids parade, arts and crafts, and music will celebrate Earth Day in Decatur.

A kids parade, arts and crafts, and music will celebrate Earth Day in Decatur. Credit: City website
A kids parade, arts and crafts, and music will celebrate Earth Day in Decatur. Credit: City website

The City of Decatur, in partnership with the Wylde Center, will be holding its annual Decatur Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 19, from 1-4 p.m. at the Oakhurst Garden at the corner of Oakview and South McDonough, Decatur.

This year’s celebration follows a pirate theme. Organizers expect more than 400 residents to come together to mark the 45th anniversary of Earth Day.

Festivities will kick off with a pirate-led parade from Harmony Park to the Oakhurst Garden site, beginning at 12:30 pm.

Events planned for children, youth and adults include:
  • Costume parade led by the Funk Pirates at 12:30pm
  • Free arts and crafts for kids
  • Southeastern Reptile Rescue will be onsite with a exhibit full of snakes. Snake show and alligator show at 2 p.m.
  • Live music by Opposite of Hee Haw and MoRhythm
  • World famous cake contest (pirated themed of course)
  • Announcement of a special Earth Day T-shirt contest winner
Pirate Parade Details

Parade lineup will begin at noon, in Harmony Park in the Oakhurst Business District. The parade sets sail at 12:30pm, led by the Funk Pirates, and ends in the Oakhurst Garden. Decorate your bike, wagon, stroller or yourself, but no gas-powered vehicles are allowed.

Groups over 10 should email the parade coordinator, Lena Stevens at lena.stevens@decaturga.com.

Lots of Fun for the Kids
Kids will enjoy the ARRRTS & crafts, scavenger hunts, and festive pirate performers. A pirate ship will be parked in front of the garden and live birds of prey will be on hand to interact with.

Octo Slash April 17, 2014 at 08:38 AM
The founder of Earth Day murdered his girlfriend and stuffed her body into a trunk and put it in a closet, where she stayed for years until the downstairs neighbor called the cops because her remains were leaking down into his apartment. That's right. Earth Day's founder made compost out of his woman. HAPPY EARTH DAY EVERYBODY!
David D April 19, 2014 at 03:43 PM
@Octo: I assume you are talking about Ira Einhorn who an activist at the time. He claimed to have been a co-founder of Earth Day, but he wasn't "the" founder. The murder happened 7 years after Earth Day. What did that have to do with Earth Day itself? What is your point? I think your goal was to slur Earth Day. Well, as they say, if you don't like it, leave.

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