Let’s Wake Up the Earth! WUTE Festival and Parades on May 4

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The annual Wake Up the Earth Festival and Parades are one of the best days of the year in Jamaica Plain -- and the festival is this Saturday.

The Wake Up The Earth Parade (Egleston Square branch) makes its way to the festival.

This year is the 41st Wake Up the Earth Festival! The festival has a fascinating creation story. It began in 1979 when a group of local neighbors and activists came together to stop the Interstate 95 expansion into Jamaica Plain -- and won their fight!

Organized by Spontaneous Celebrations, the parades are boisterous, creative, with bands, stilt walkers, dancing, giant puppets, and of course, dogs in costumes!

The festival is loads of fun for anyone of any age. There are four stages providing live music, dance performances and more. Click here for a full schedule of stage performances.

Saturday is also the first day of the Egleston Square Farmer's Market on New Minton Street; there are vendors selling t-shirts, arts, garden plants (basil, tomatoes, etc.); there are food trucks and other food vendors; mini-golf, basketball; drumming circles; kids activities and more.

Click here for more information about the Wake Up the Earth Festival and Parades.