The 3rd annual Fox Festival Parade will kick off the Feast of the East in Capitol Square on Saturday, June 16 at noon. Please join us – this participatory parade was started to celebrate the Fox Library, community, creativity, and Arlington wildlife. For the third year, this festive event will be led by the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band and Parade Marshall Joe Curro.Make a mask, banner or puppet inspired by local birds and animals in a free workshop with artists Sara Peattie, Kari Percival and Greg Cook. Or make your own costume, flag, or signs inspired by the theme of nature and animals at home with family and friends. Know how to juggle or stilt? Twirl a baton? Play the kazoo? Want to make a giant moveable sculpture of a fox on wheels? Please join us! All are welcome in the parade.WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAYS AT THE FOX LIBRARY WITH SARA PEATTIE (with pizza!)
PORCHFEST WORKSHOP WTIH KARI PERCIVAL AND GREG COOK
Gather at 11:45 at the Fox Library, 175 Mass Avenue. The Parade starts at noon and will be led by the wonderful Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band!
PARADE PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
Fox Library, Friends of the Fox, Arlington Commission on the Arts & Culture, Thompson School, Capitol Square Business Association, Arlington Center for the Arts and the Town of Arlington.
PHOTOS FROM 2017 FOX FESTIVAL PARADE BY MILTON BEVINGTON
WHY THE FOX?
The much-loved Fox Library offers a vibrant, friendly space for afterschool learning and small scale community gatherings. The name originated with Edith M. Fox, the generous donor who provided funds for the library to construct a new home in 1969.
But thanks in part to artist and library neighbor Shunsuke Yamaguchi, the fox has become the library’s mascot and a symbol of its survival of tougher economic times when the community rallied to save it from closing. Wild foxes also survive in Arlington thanks to habitat provided by the town’s remaining green spaces, including Spy Pond and the areas surrounding the Alewife Brook. Environmental stewardship is a core value in Arlington, and protecting urban wildlife is an essential aspect of this commitment. of stewarding our environment.
So the fox is a mascot for something even bigger than the library — for community spirit and activism which works to make our neighborhood, and the world, a better place!
Illustration by Shun Yamaguchi.