Hundreds branch out to celebrate Earth Day

Community members go green for Earth Day celebrations.

Hundreds of community members celebrated Earth Day Saturday, while teaching the importance of going green.

The annual Earth Day Parade, put on by Little Artshram, kicked off at Oryana Natural Foods Market before winding it's way around the streets of Downtown Traverse City. This year's parade theme was 'Seeds! Awesome Vessels of Power,' and featured larger than life puppets made by community members.

Some of the puppets were brought back to life from former parades, while others were brand new this year. Organizers say it's another way to spread the powerful message of Earth Day and going green.

Northwestern Michigan College hosted it's own Earth Day Celebration on Saturday.

Volunteers got together to host their second annual Dirt Fest. It was a free, family event for people of all ages. Folks were able to learn about the environment and ways to give back to it, while enjoying live entertainment and healthy snacks.

Kids were able to use their creativity to make some Earth Day crafts. Some of the crafts included painting a flower pot, or creating a seed bomb to take home.

"We really wanted to make an event that was accessible to the whole community," said event organizer, Mara Penfil. " It's also important because a lot of people don't know where to start to try and better Mother Nature, so we're trying to make that accessible as well."

The event goes until 9 p.m. and is being held in the Welcome Center of the Health and Science Building at Northwestern Michigan College.