Free community workshops to create Procession of the Species costumes

The Procession of the Species is a celebration of community and the natural world, and takes place on the final day of the popular Recycled Arts Festival

VANCOUVER — The Procession of the Species is returning for a third year at the Clark County Recycled Arts Festival, and the community is invited to attend free workshops to create costumes for the parade.

The Procession of the Species is a celebration of community and the natural world, and takes place on the final day of the popular Recycled Arts Festival. Parade participants of all ages dress up in costumes representing animals, plants and elements. Photo courtesy of Clark Co. WA Communications
The Procession of the Species is a celebration of community and the natural world, and takes place on the final day of the popular Recycled Arts Festival. Parade participants of all ages dress up in costumes representing animals, plants and elements. Photo courtesy of Clark Co. WA Communications

The Procession of the Species is a celebration of community and the natural world, and takes place on the final day of the popular Recycled Arts Festival. Parade participants of all ages dress up in costumes representing animals, plants and elements. Past Clark County processions have featured unicorns, jellyfish, birds, the sun, water, an inchworm and a sloth.

To get participants ready for the parade, Clark County Public Health and the Recycled Arts Festival are hosting a series of free costume workshops. Repurposed materials will be supplied, and people are welcome to bring their own materials, as well.

Here’s the workshop schedule:

  • 2-4 p.m. Sun., June 2 at Vintage Books, 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd.
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fri., June 7 at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St.
  • 3-5 p.m. Thu., June 13 at Camas Public Library, 625 NE Fourth Ave.
  • 10 a.m. to noon Thu., June 27 at Salmon Creek Regional Park/Klineline Pond, Pondview Picnic Shelter, 1112 NE 117th St.
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., June 29 and 9-10:30 a.m. Sun., June 30, at Recycled Arts Festival Kids’ Activity Booth, Esther Short Park, 605 Esther St.

Register for costume workshops on the Procession of the Species website. No registration required for workshops at the Recycled Arts Festival Kids’ Activity Booth.

The Recycled Arts Festival is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., June 29 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., June 30 in Esther Short Park. The Procession of the Species begins at 11 a.m. June 30, with registration beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The cast of costumed characters will be led by The Beat Goes On, an all-adult marching band, and joined by dancers as they wind through Esther Short Park. The parade ends with a costume contest on the festival’s main stage.

Learn more on the Recycled Arts Festival website.

Information provided by Clark Co. WA Communications.

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