We went to watch the parade and stayed to view the festivities and visit the Earth Day booths. For a town of only eighty thousand located hundreds of miles from almost anywhere there was an amazing amount of participation. In my movie of the parade I counted approximately 520 people actually walking. Perhaps a thousand people were there altogether counting the bystanders, maybe more, so it was a good cross section of our local people. There were a lot of young kids but few high-school or college age kids – parades are not an adolescent thing.
There were a few people lounging about in front of the environmental center. The dogs were very much in evidence during the 4th of July parade last year but at this event there were lots of kids and very few dogs.
There were lots of booths with ecology people giving advice on home improvements, getting signatures for causes, and just having a good time.
People here in Bend may be a very long way from the big city but they are very concerned with conserving the planet.