The 19th annual Mt. Shasta Earth Day Parade and Faire drew several hundred area residents for a celebration of Mother Earth. 
It was a fun filled afternoon of activities, vendors, information tables, food, and guest speakers that started   with the “All Species Alternative Transportation Parade” at 11 a.m. and continued through the afternoon.
Donning a wide array of costumes, parade participants walked, pedaled and drove their alternative fuel vehicles from the Berryvale parking ot to the Mt. Shasta City Park, where the festivities continued throughout the afternoon.
This year’s theme was a celebration of the earth and an invitation to learn about new ways to be part of the “green generation.”  
For kids, there was the opportunity to participate in making an earth day themed story quilt, practice “kids” yoga, play drums, go on a nature hike and learn about many local critters from area biologist Julian Colescott.
For the adults, it was a chance to learn more about alternative technologies and to attend short presentations by Paul Von Hartmann on industrial Hemp, Phil Dietrich on Klamath River issues and Matt Ryan  on cloud seeding.  Tony Corsini was on hand to give Cobb oven presentations and there was drumming galore as well.
Sponsored by the Mt. Shasta Ecology Center, the long standing Mt. Shasta event is part of the organization’s efforts to raise awareness and foster environmental stewardship.