Procession of the Species Celebration

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featured at the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival 2017

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seastar drummers
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St Lucie's

Procession of the Species Celebration

Join the Wild Parade!

in downtown Ft Pierce

Featured at the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival

on Saturday, October 14th 2017

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What is the Procession of the Species?

The Procession of the Species Celebration is a musical, colorful and delightful public expression of art and celebration of nature.  Individuals and groups of all kinds will parade along the event grounds of the IRL Science Festival, masquerading as their favorite plant or animal!  Participation is free and open to any individual or group. Simply design a costume, float and giant puppet, and register your entry.  Families, school groups, musicians, scout troops, clubs, governmental agencies and local businesses are all encouraged to get involved to make this a magical community event.  There are no limits to who can participate; it’s designed for everyone as a way to bring the community together to celebrate our natural and human diversity.

Who creates the Procession?

You do, along with dozens of community organizations and hundreds of volunteers.

Join us in creating Procession Art, Music, and Dance Studios in your neighborhood. Spread the word by getting together with your friends, colleagues, clubs, or any of your business or social groups. If you’re a teacher, business leader, art supporter, musician, dance instructor or just someone interested in bringing the community together, consider supporting or getting in on the ground floor.

There are only Three Rules

  •  No written or spoken words. We use no words, symbols or lyrics in our art, music or dance.
  • No pets or live animals. We have no live animals in the Procession, with the exception of Service Animals.
  • No motorized vehicles. We do not motorize our creations which includes the use of musical amplification. Of course, a motorized wheelchair is certainly permitted.

Special Considerations

Keep it Green-- Using recycled and re-purposed materials makes your costume cheap and eco-friendly! Old boxes, shopping bags and plastic bottles are just a few things that can be used to make larger-than-life entries!

Size Restrictions--the Procession will take place at the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival along the waterfront in downtown Ft Pierce. Please be aware it may be windy. Entries should be no larger than 10 feet wide and 12 feet tall to fit on parade route. 

The More the Merrier-- Why be one fish when you could be a whole school? Including others in your entry is a great way to take a simple idea and make it extraordinary! Registration is open to school groups, clubs, sports teams, or even just you and your friends!

The Original Procession

The Procession of the Species originated in Olympia Washington in 1995, and helped to define Olympia as a cultural tourism hub. Captivating audiences with art, music, and dance, Procession now draws people from around the nation. Called "Olympia's crown jewel," the Procession has cultivated a rich relationship between all areas of the community, providing both the public and private sectors with a true investment in community empowerment.

The Mission of the Procession of the Species is to empower communities to engage in cultural relationships with the natural world as a means of sustaining efforts of environmental protection and restoration.

Contact Wren Underwood at (772) 785-5833 for more information or to learn how you can get involved!

Stop by the Oxbow every Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for Advice from an Artist to get help with your costume. 

Click here to download the Procession of the Species Flyer

Ready to Register?

There is no fee to participate in the Procession; however we ask ask that all entries donate 2 non-perishable food items for the Treasure Coast Food Bank.

Download the Registration and Release Forms and submit by:

E-mail:;    Fax: (772) 785-5834

Mail To: Oxbow Eco-Center at 5400 NE St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34983.

Click here to download the Registration Form

 Click here to download Adult Release Form (18+)

Click here to download Minor Release Form (17 or younger)