A parade is part of the Mighty Kindness Earth Day Hoot.

A parade is part of the Mighty Kindness Earth Day Hoot.

By Seiler Smith

Earth Day seems to be one of those national “holidays” people treat as just another day. Which, to be fair, there isn’t much to do on Earth Day in most places other than maybe try to recycle more than usual, ride a bike to work, or eat local. Luckily in Louisville, we have a 200-booth festival in Waterfront Park that thousands attend every year.

Finalhootpost2015Known as the Mighty Kindness Earth Day Hoot, it’s a festival that gives a hoot and knows how to have one, according to the press release. Those are some big words for this homegrown local festival — luckily, there’s proof to back it up.

Voted the second best festival in Louisville (how could you beat the Kentucky Derby Fest?) by LEO readers, the annual event, now in its eighth year, even attracts local politicians. Congressman John Yarmuth spoke at a previous year’s Hoot: “For this group here to come out on a Saturday and show our respect for each other, our respect for nature, our respect for society … I can’t tell you how proud I am to represent all of you,” he said.

This year’s Hoot is a conglomeration of community environmental groups, local artists, artisans and farmers, as well as others who are teaching methods to living an earth-friendly and healthy lifestyle. Entertainment will be provided by the Turners Circus Aerial Artists and musicians Appalatin, Harry Pickens, Nellie Pearl, Tyrone Cotten, Cher Von and many more.

The free festival will be held on Saturday, April 11, from noon-7 p.m. at the Brown-Forman Amphitheater by the Big Four Bridge. For more information, click here.