Venice Eco-Fest, a music and arts eco-festival featuring over 150 booths, will return to Venice Beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 27th on Ocean Front Walk at the end of Windward Avenue.

The festival will also feature a solar sound stage, the Fat Tire Beer Garden (on Windward), a cooperative community art exhibit, an international vegetarian food court as well as an interactive children’s and family art and play area.

Another highlight is the “One Planet” Parade, celebrating sustainability. The grand marshals for the parade will be City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and Academy Award winning actress Anjelica Huston. The grand marshals will be leading the parade in a Miles electric vehicle.

The theme of the parade, which will be leaving at 12:30 p.m. from the parking lot at the end of Rose Avenue, is to encourage green travel, including electric cars and carts, bicycles, tricycles, unicycles, skateboards, leg scooters, roller blades, people movers, rickshaws, wagons, and other means of alternative travel (non-fossil fuel).

Among those planning to participate in the parade are the Jane Goodall “Roots and Shoots” Giant Peace Doves, the Superbroke Brass and Tin and String Marching Band, Scooter Patrol, the Heal the Bay Aquarium children’s group in recyclable costumes, Nomad Cruisers, the Vegan Vixens on rollerskates, Santa Monica Fourth of July Parade participants and the Krishna Consciousness chanters.

Others joining the parade are Tree Man, Suzy Williams, Rainbow Pet Spa, California Dance Institute, Santa Monica MoveOn Council, Amaya Belly Dancing Troupe, Carnevale costumed characters, the Venice Beach mobile piano player, and community organizations such as the Venice Chamber of Commerce and the Venice Neighborhood Council.

The solar powered sound stage will have a full program of performers, dignitaries, celebrities and environmental speakers. Hosted by master of ceremonies and Eco-Fest producer Stephen Longfellow Fiske, the event will have speakers including actress Huston and Rosendahl. Bands and performers include The Super Broke Brass and Tin and String Marching Band, The Luminaries, The Backboners, Stefani Valadez Ensemble, Lisa Haley and Zydekats, The Vegan Vixons, Crystal Davis and the Family Love, the Bhajan Band, Ya Harissa Bellydance Theater and The California Dance Institute.

There will be over 150 eco-conscious and educational exhibitors offering everything from original products and services provided by local Venice artists, craftspeople, and businesses to information about issues such as global warming, habitat destruction, depletion of resources, and toxic pollution of air, soil and water.

In addition, there will be up-to-date information and exhibits on alternative energy, electric cars, and other environmentally friendly vehicles, as well as a variety of green technological displays.

Information, www.veniceecofest.org/, or (888) 295-8372.

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