A scene from the South Street Parade at Wake Up The Earth 2015

40th Wake Up the Earth Parade and Festival on Saturday

The earth has certainly had quite the slumber this winter and while we've had warmer days recently it's time to Wake Up the Earth with the annual parade and festival this Saturday! This year is the 40th 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! Thus the festival is "a celebration of what can be accomplished when people of all traditions, cultures, ages, and beliefs come together to make a difference," according to Spontaneous Celebrations' website.

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Photos: Sorry, Rain! The Wake Up the Earth Festival Shines Bright

The threat of rain could not stop the 39th Annual Wake Up the Earth Parade and Festival Saturday, May 13. After the festival was postponed for a week due to inclement weather, Jamaica Plain came out in force to the Southwest Corridor near the Stony Brook MBTA station to enjoy theater, speeches, dancing, food, music and more. The spirit of the original Wake Up the Earth Festival from 1979 still lives on. Back then, a group of neighbors celebrated the defeat of a plan to route Interstate 95 right through JP. Much of today's Wake Up the Earth festivities are dedicated to supporting eco-friendly policies and equality for all.

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A scene from the South Street Parade at Wake Up The Earth 2015

Wake Up The Earth Festival and Parade Postponed to May 13

Update: Jamaica Plain's 39th Annual Wake Up the Earth Parade and Festival, originally scheduled for May 6, will instead take place Saturday, May 13. ~~~~~

Let's Wake Up the Earth! The 39th annual festival and parade, which features live music, games, kids activities, theater performances, delicious food, local nonprofit organizations and a whole lot more, is now set for this Saturday, May 13. The festival features four stages: music and dance performances, popular theater, the youth stage and storytelling for all ages. And if that's not enough there are more than 50 arts and crafts vendors, non-profit organizations and food vendors.

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JP’s North American Indian Center Exhibit Telling Untold Native Women’s Stories & Leading Wake Up the Earth

The North American Indian Center of Boston has been in Jamaica Plain for 50 years as a resource of Native Americans in the greater Boston area. This week the organization is participating in two big events on Saturday: an exhibition to tell untold native women's stories, and the organization will be leading the Wake Up the Earth Parade and opening ceremony of Wake up the Earth. On Saturday night, NAICOB's Circles of Support Women’s Program will be hosting a fundraiser gala Doors Unhinged: An Exhibition of Untold Native Women's Stories. There will be live performances by Native American musicians and dancers, an auction and an exhibition of doors that share the stories of native women who have experiences domestic violence. Money generated from this event will go to support the Circles of Support Women’s Program and other programming at NAICOB.

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Jose Godoy, left, and Sana Hashnani enjoy the U-shaped bench at Jamaica Pond on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.

Discuss: What is Your Favorite Thing About Jamaica Plain?

There are so many great things about Jamaica Plain -- the Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Pond, the people, the businesses -- so many things you can't put them all in an opening sentence. And at one of Jamaica Plain's best events, the Wake Up the Earth Festival, Jamaica Plain News asked people to submit what their favorite thing is about Jamaica Plain. Here are just some of the options people wrote down. What do you think? What is your favorite thing about Jamaica Plain?

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