The Absolutely Awesome Walk & Roll Parade, open to all walkers, bicyclists, skaters, stroller pushers, wheelchair users and anybody else on non-motorized wheels, will kick off the 6th annual Evansville Streets Alive festival on May 20 in Garvin Park.
Participants of all ages are invited to the free event and can compete for prizes that will be awarded in several categories for best costumes and best-decorated wheels.
The parade will start at 11 a.m. in the Bosse Field parking lot and proceed along the 0.8-mile road that circles through the park. It will be led by the all-female Demolition City Roller Derby team, with the iconic Boom Squad drum corps bringing up the rear. The Otter Belles will lead the walkers.
No pre-registration is required, but participants must arrive by 10:45 a.m. for the parade lineup. There will be an opportunity for unicyclists to show off their skills, and there will be separate divisions for kids and for people with tandems and other specialty bikes.
The Streets Alive festival continues to 4 p.m. with canoe rides and water zorb balls in the park’s lake, roller skating and bicycling through the park, inflatables for kids, yoga, line dancing, belly dancing and a variety of other activities, plus food vendors and arts and crafts vendors.
Sponsored by the Evansville-area Trails Coalition and ECHO Housing Corporation’s Jacobsville Join In program, the festival is presented by Deaconess Hospital as a free community event to encourage physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Other major funders include Anthem, the Benjamin and Anna Bosse Foundation, Scripps Howard Foundation, Ragle Inc. and Hafer Design.