BATON ROUGE, LA — Louisiana’s Earth Day celebration, one of the nation’s largest environmental festivals, will take place April 21, 2013 along North Blvd in downtown Baton Rouge. The festival features hands-on educational activities from noon until 5:00 p.m., and live entertainment on several stages from noon until 8:30 p.m.
The theme for this year’s festival, “Be the Change You Want in the World,” encourages both individual and corporate environmental awareness and action. Creative exhibits and environmental activities produced by over 400 volunteers will inspire and educate festival-goers on how they can live green at home and at work. Regional music and food provide a chance for all ages to celebrate the unique culture of our state.
In addition to returning activities such as Earth for Children, Wetlands Tent, Recycle Fair, and Louisiana and Native American Culture, new activities include “Trash, Class, and all that Sass,” a recycled fashion show by St. Joseph’s Academy; early childhood activities (ages 2-5); “Expedition BREC,” an outdoor adventure game; Pennington Biomedical Research Center healthy lifestyle activities; and a free screening of the animated film “Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest,” as part of the Louisiana International Film Festival.
“The Louisiana Earth Day festival is one of the largest environmental festivals in the country, and is focused on our state’s love of Louisiana and the need to preserve our beautiful environment for future generations,” said Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden. “Baton Rouge is pleased to welcome families from across the state to our city to learn more about the importance of citizen environmental stewardship.”
This year’s music lineup includes Wayne Toups; Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie; Royal Southern Brotherhood featuring Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, and Mike Zito; Bag of Donuts; Kenny Cornett & Killin’ Time; Pine Leaf Boys and the Mulligan Brothers (courtesy Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge/Sunday in the Park).
The event is produced by Louisiana Earth Day, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, which is supported by a community coalition of hundreds of volunteers that include numerous sponsors and organizations representing government, business and industry, educators, and not-for-profit groups.