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Carbondale plans a dandy post-Earth Day celebration

Post Independent File PhotoThe Procession of the Species nonmotorized parade is one of many activities that will take place Saturday during Dandelion Day in Carbondale.
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Dandelions may be a landscaper’s nemesis, but the weeds are cause for celebration Saturday at Carbondale’s annual environmental festival, Dandelion Day.The event features live music, kids’ games, environmental activities and organizations, organic farmers, artists, food concessions, and flea market vendors in Sopris Park.”Starting last year we decided to put a bigger environmental emphasis on the day,” said co-organizer Mary Harris. “It’s officially Carbondale’s Earth Day celebration, but it’s usually too cold in April to have an event.”One of the most anticipated and colorful features of Dandelion Day is the Procession of the Species nonmotorized parade down Carbondale’s Main Street. Starting at 10:30 a.m., kids and adults will gather at Second and Main streets dressed as their favorite species – plant or animal.In the past six years, the parade has featured school children, nonprofit organizations and families paying tribute to Carbondale’s favorite weed, or animals that like to eat dandelions.”It will make you cry when you see the parade,” Harris said. The Dandelion Day flea market starts at 8 a.m., music by Devon Alves and the Mellow Rollers begins at 9 a.m., and the parade commences at 11 a.m. The schedule also includes African drumming and dancing by Kelele from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; original songs by Cody and Nelson from 12:30-1:15 p.m.; the Slow Bike Race, Dandelion Bake-off judging, and original jams and covers by Matt Johnson and Boneyard, all starting at 1:30 p.m.; belly dancing by Mafrina and the awards ceremony from 2:30-3 p.m.; and the blues, bluegrass, world beat, jazz, and neoflamenco stylings of the Bruce Hayes Band closing the event at 3 p.m.For more information, call co-organizers Mary Harris at 963-0319 or Soozie Friedmar at 309-1588.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com


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