As environmentalists and those who want to protect the planet celebrate the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day today, organizers of this past weekend's festivities in Forest Park urge everyone to go-green as much as possible. Cassandra Haije, the Executive Director of St. Louis Earth Day, says protecting the planet is a daily responsibility.
"You know while the Earth Day event is one day," Haije said. "Our organization is actually a year round organization now. And that's the message we're trying to get across is that it's not just Earth Day, it's really everyday."
She says the message seems to have a big audience. Haije says the popularity of the event is evident in the size of the crowd and the number of vendors.
"We had 250 booths year and we actually sold out so we're going to have to go back to the drawing board for next year," said Haije.
Haije estimates a record crowd over 35,000 attended the Earth Day celebration this year.
The Forest Park Trolley goes back in service today.
The trolley bus will shuttle park visitors between attractions, park and ride lots, and the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station. Beginning today, it'll run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, the hours expand -- 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The cost is two-dollars for adults, one-dollar for kids 5-to-12, seniors and the disabled. Children 4 and younger are free.
The Forest Park Trolley is a service of Metro Transit.
Saturday is International Pillow Fight Day and fluffy faceoffs are planned across the globe, including St. Louis. It's part of the urban playground movement where groups organize free, fun, non-commercial public events for all ages. Besides the Gateway City, pillow fights will take place in several other U.S. cities, including Washington, DC, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles. There will also be events in London, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, and Rome, just to name a few.
The St. Louis Pillow Fight will begin at 2pm at Cricket Field in Forest Park (Southeast corner of the intersection of Grand Dr. and Cricket Dr. This is very close to the parking lots in front of the MUNY, near Dwight Davis Tennis Center and close to the Visitor Center. The field is #3 on the map.
This event is open to and appropriate for all ages.
1) First and foremost: NO violence - This is a loving event.
2) Soft pillows only. No zippers, snaps, anything. Just regular pillows. (Tip: Pillows in pillow cases allow for better swinging arc)
3) Swing with love
4) Do not swing at anyone without a pillow or holding a camera
5) Remove your glasses before you jump in
6) NO FEATHERS. Let's not make a mess.
7) DON'T LEAVE YOUR PILLOWS BEHIND. STL Improv Anywhere doesn't wanna clean them up!
8) Be cool
9) Costumes are highly encouraged ;)
DISCLAIMER: All people attending this event do so at their own risk. You are all responsible for your own welfare (and that of others) as well as the preservation of public and personal property. The creators and promoters of this event accept no liability for the actions of its participants.
Get more information at the 2013 Pillow Fight Day website.
Campus Police Chief Richard Branahan says the school has been holding the drills for the last four years. "Because of all the things that have happened, and all of the school shootings in the past," Branahan said. "This is just part of continuing training we're doing with the officers throughout the district."
St. Louis Police, Fire Department, paramedics and even the FBI participated in Wednesday's simulation.