Some photos from today’s 31st annual Wake Up the Earth parade and festival, the annual celebration of…well, I don’t know what, but it’s very fun and very JP. Spontaneous Celebrations is the organization behind the festival that dates back to the days of (successfully) opposing the construction of I-95 through Jamaica Plain and Roxbury.
The parade featured stilt-walkers, dragons, twirlers, puppets, marching bands, drummers, and lots of kids in strollers. We followed the parade from the Loring Greenough House all the way down Centre Street to Lamartine Street to the field by Stony Brook Station. We were just one of the many families pushing strollers down the street. It’s fun to be in a parade.
There was lots of music, activity and social activism at the festival. We were particularly fond of the taiko drummers of Odaiko New England. If they didn’t wake up the earth, I don’t know what will!
We had a blast and will definitely return next year.