Procession of the Species is an annual parade funded by Parks and Recreation in Corvallis, Oregon. The parade originated in Olympia, WA and was adopted in 2002 to celebrate Earth Day.
Erik Olson, an art teacher at Ashbrook Middle School, helps organize the parade. He helps kids and adults build the masks, hats and banners, then leads them in a steady march through downtown every year.
David Neiman leads the parade with a tricycle built by Richard Ran, a prototype for the Kinetic Sculpture Race that takes place in July.
The parade began during the local farmer’s market downtown with a crowd of around 100 people adorned with costumes of bees, bears, unicorns, and sharks to name a few.