The free celebration of the environment kicks off — or sets sail — at 12:30 p.m. with local musicians “The Funk Pirates” riding their own parade float, the S.S. Fly Me To The Moon.
“The community is invited to decorate their bikes, wagons or strollers and march along,” the center’s program coordinator, Andrea Zoppo, said in a statement. “Parade participants are encouraged to dress up like pirates or sea creatures.”
The fifth annual event will be held at the former Oakhurst Community Garden Project, named for its founder Sally Wylde last year, with help from the Decatur Business Association and the city of Decatur.
Lena Stevens, resource conservation coordinator for the city, helps stage the parade.
“Earth Day in Decatur has always translated to a feeling of community spirit. I love seeing so many folks who care enough to come out to the garden,” she said.
The city rolled its own celebration into the center’s, Stevens said.
“Having an event to celebrate Earth Day is also a reminder of Decatur’s commitment to environmental sustainability and that is a thing that should be celebrated,” she said.
Cheryl Burnette, assistant director of the city’s Active Living Division, formerly the Recreation Department, agreed.
“Earth Day is a day that we can rejoice in the beauty of the planet we live on, as well as raise awareness about the fragility of the planet and what we can do to conserve our wonderful resources,” she said.
With a cake contest, chickens, vendors, live music, free children’s crafts and free recycling for small electronics and batteries, the event encourages all ages to reduce, reuse and recycle.
“[It] is a great way to reach our children and teach them ways to conserve as well as to respect our planet,” Burnette said.
The location itself helps send the message, she said.
“The event, as it is held in a wonderful greenspace, shows people what can be done with a little bit of land and a lot of volunteers and well-meaning people,” Burnette said. “The garden started with one woman’s idea and has emerged as a teaching tool for thousands of children over the years.”
The winner of a T-shirt design contest will be announced, as well as the winner of the 2013 Sally Wylde Cultivating Life Award.
If you go
What: Earth Day in Oakhurst
When: Sunday from 12:30 to 4 p.m.
Where: The Wylde Center, 435 Oakview Road in Decatur
Information: (404) 371-1920 or visit www.wyldecenter.org