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Procession Of The Species Celebration {Olympia} *UPDATED*


The Capital City's colorful parade encourages artistic expression, through imaginative animal and plant costumes, to inspire appreciation and protection of the natural world. Procession begins at 4:30PM, rain or shine.

Current forecast (Olympia): High of 62. 20% chance of rain.

{Today's time-frames}:

Meetup at 512 P&R: 11:00a (depart 11:15)

Meet in Olympia (DANCING GOATS ESPRESSO BAR): 12:00p

{111 Market St NE, Olympia WA 98501}

Parade start: 4:30p (find spaces to view parade @ 3:30)

{We will only be at Dancing Goats for a few minutes..then we'll split up into small groups for lunch and afternoon activities}

(photo courtesy of Adam Nash)

{Those meeting us in Olympia: Meet us at 12:00PM at Dancing Goats Espresso Bar across from the Olympia Farmer's Market. Park in the lots nearby} From that point, we'll decide on locations for a lite lunch, head downtown by foot for some window shopping & walking, possibly enjoy portions of the Olympia Art Walk, maybe the Farmer's Market, then get ready to view the parade..

Please dress for the elements and prepare to view the parade rain or shine! Bring rain gear. Wear comfortable footwear. Bring $$ for lunch and shopping ($5 for your driver, for fuel, if coming from 512 P&R), and be sure to bring your camera!

+if you prefer to sit at the parade, please bring your own folding chairs!

Go to to learn more!


(photo courtesy of Adam Nash)


MIKE'S CELL|[masked]

(call or text)


512 P&R Passenger/driver ratio:

John Christensen - can take up to 3 passengers

Vivian J - can take up to 2 passengers

Mike Trygstad - *FULL*


*Procession Route*

Procession participants will meet at the intersection of Legion Way and Cherry Street. Each of the four nearby blocks will be closed to traffic and used by participants to gather according to their designated Element. Please see map to locate the block where your Element will gather, but be aware that Element locations may change without warning prior to 4:30 p.m. depending on the number of people and musical groups within the Element. Check with the Registration Table for updates. Procession volunteers will also be deciding the order of groups within the Elements and assisting you in the placement process and must be consulted before rearranging. They should also have the latest information on any Element location changes.

At 4:30 pm the Procession will start from the intersection of Cherry and Legion Ave and proceed west on Legion Ave two blocks to Franklin; turn right (north) one block to 5th Ave; turn left (west) one block to Washington; turn left (south) two blocks to 7th Ave; turn right (west) one block to Capitol; turn right two blocks to 5th Ave; turn left (west) three blocks to enter fountain area of Heritage Park for closing celebration.

(Note: You can pick up an Arts Walk/Procession Route Map at downtown businesses. The best viewing for those with groups requiring special transportation is along Legion between Adams and Franklin.)


Spectators are welcome to join in with the procession at any point along the route. BUT REMEMBER: Spectators who join in with the procession are subject to the same considerations and policies that assure the safety and wellbeing of both participants and the intent of the Procession of the Species Celebration. Please remember to respect the rules: No written words/symbols - No pets/live animals - No motorized vehicles/boom boxes (electric wheelchairs are a welcomed exception).

Go here to view a map of the parade:

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  • A former member
    A former member

    You couldn't find the wall???? You couldn't find me??? Now if you had been in your little car I'm sure it would have been able to find me-----------------and probably the wall too. Smart little car that it is! Ok, so next time we will find the wall and I will share my cookies----sound fair??? It was a wonderful day wasn't it? Nice to see you again and catch up. Danced my little feet off tonight. Guess my couch potato days are over---well at least for the summer!

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well you were almost forgiven BUT then you gave away my WALL!
    I think the French for that is, "Je suis desole' " We know the French are known for their dramatics! I certainly experienced that last Spring (of course I loved every minute----we redheads do thrive on attention LOL)

    April 28, 2013

    • Sean G.

      Actually, I couldn't find the graffiti wall I was looking for.9

      April 28, 2013

  • Eric

    Really enjoyed the creativity and local flavor, it took me back to my childhood in a small town.

    April 28, 2013

  • Mark O

    Thanks Mike for organizing! It was pleasant day, the parade was impressive!

    April 28, 2013

  • Lisa H.

    What a great day with great people! Plenty of things to see and do topped with the fantastic Parade of the Species. Loved the spirit and costumes.

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • Mike T.

    Awesome photos John! Thank you!

    April 27, 2013

  • Mike T.

    GREAT photos so far! Thank you Maryjane & Lisa! :-)

    April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you so much Mike for arranging this outing. Had a wonderful time. So good to see everyone again. (I've been playing "couch potato" all winter!

    1 · April 27, 2013

  • Mike T.

    A great afternoon in Olympia with wonderful people to enjoy it with :-) The Procession Of The Species parade was fantastic, fun and inspirational! Loved the variety and how many wild species of animals and plants were represented and honored! Thanks to all who joined us today! Thank you drivers and to John for taking Vivian home :-) Wonderful day!!

    April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Been missing my trailside friends!

    February 25, 2013

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