The Procession of the Species is an annual event in Olympia that happens in conjunction with the Spring Arts Walk.

This is a description of the event from their website:

“The Procession of the Species is a joyous, spontaneous artistic pageant where community members celebrate their relationships with each other and with the natural world.

Created by the community for the community, the Procession program facilitates seven weeks of art, music, and dance workshops that inspire personal understanding of and local action for wildlife protection.

Then on Procession day, residents don their creative expressions and proceed through the streets of Olympia in masks and costumes. Carrying banners, windsocks, and giant puppets, they participate in a cultural exchange honoring the awe and splendor of the natural world.”

The Procession of the Species was named “America’s Best Procession and Parade” in 2009.  It’s a visual feast!