BY BOB KRASNER | This is how the East Village throws a parade: colorful and loud, with heart and a sense of purpose.
In fact, Saturday’s “Ecological City: Procession for Climate Solutions,” organized by the nonprofit organization Earth Celebrations, was all of that and more.
Beginning at the Sixth Street Community Center, the creatively costumed group made their way to the beat of drums to 21 different community gardens and landmarks. They stopped at each one for a short performance, all with the common themes of our climate change and sustainability.
Dancers from the Artichoke Dance Company, covered in plastic bags, entertained the crowd at El Sol Brillante garden, on E. 12th St.
Elsewhere, poems were read, children sang and performers rolled in the dirt. The battle between Mother Earth and the Evil Pirates was enacted on E. Ninth St.
The six-hour extravaganza ended at East River Park, where the city’s reconstruction plan to safeguard against flooding is vigorously opposed.