Since 2005, each 4th of July weekend, we create a parade that celebrates our freedom and raises consciousness about the need to protect our environment. Everyone participates – all ages, visitors and residents alike. According to writer Karen Parker:
“It is a riot of color and the puppet costumes are marvels of engineering. The landscape and the river are an amazing backdrop. Created by artists and artisans of Elkland Art Center and the people of Todd, the parade is a colorful cacophony of costume and movement and music.
The Parade begins with the Mud Puppies leading the way. They are followed by all the flora and fauna surrounding the life giving river. We see Old Man River, The Lady of the Mountains, The River Goddess and all of her consorts.
“But lurking in their midst are the Trash Dragon, festooned with Styrofoam garbage and cheap plastic trinkets, and the OIL SPILL. At the gathering in the park, the viewers are invited to offer their advice on keeping the Trash Dragon and the OIL SPILL away from the fragile ecosystems we all inhabit.”