Help create Ebune 2014!

Hi folks!

It’s that time again to begin planning for this years celebration of Spring and Diversity in Portland, Maine! This year Amanda Parkhurst is picking up the torch to help get this event off the ground. Many volunteers are needing to help make this community event come to life.

Please visit the Ebune ~ All Peoples, All Creatures Spring Parade and Celebration facebook page for a listing of suggested positions to be filled and to contact Amanda!

Blessings and gratitude


Save the Date: Sunday May 5th, 2013

All ages, cultures and creeds of our Portland community are invited to come together in celebration of the beautiful diversity of nature; of the many peoples that make up our diverse community, the many creatures and species that call Mother Earth home along with us; and of the blessing of spring’s return after a long, cold winter. 

Join in this colorful, fun, all-ages Portland community ritual and celebration to welcome back Spring!


* Help cover costs of this free community event, and ensure the tradition stays alive. If you miss the deadline on this funding site you can also donate directly at the event. Thank you!

Make a mask to wear in the parade or join a parade contingent~

Masks and puppets will represent an array of species and creatures, celebrating the diversity of nature. See the Mask-Making Workshops page and the Baiana Contingent for details, and/or create a contingent of your own.


11am – Parade Lines up on Casco St. (across from Maine College of Art)
The fantastic Maine Marimba Ensemble will be playing for us as we line up!
12 noon – Parade moves up Congress St. to Eastern Prom
12:30 – Parade arrives on East Prom for a community participatory Earth Blessing 
12:30-2pm – Community Celebration; Performances and Food from Local Sprouts Cooperative on the Eastern Prom grass
Parade Rules:
~Everyone is welcome!
~This is a banner and word-free parade.
~Masks, costumes, puppets, flowers & instruments encouraged!
~It is also a pedestrian parade (no motorized vehicles).
~The celebration will include drumming and horn playing merriment; please leave pets at home. 
Oscar Mokeme brings blessings to parade goers

Oscar Mokeme brings blessings to parade goers

Celebrate the revival of this colorful community tradition of the Ebune (pronounced Eh-BOO-nay) parade, and help expand this celebration to include as many of our cultural and experiential communities and organizations in Portland as possible. Please spread the word ~ Participation welcome! See Event History page to learn more about this annual tradition.

*Funding & Sponsors Needed*

It takes a village to revive a tradition and fund a celebration… You’ll be rewarded!  

Sponsors and donations are warmly invited and actively sought to help fund this community-collaborative event. This is not-for-profit and any funds raised over costs will be saved to budget for next years Ebune.

Truly, every penny counts, and there are great perks for funders! 



*Volunteers & Supplies Needed*

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped get the flyers out! We still need volunteers for the day of the event. If you’d like to volunteer, are able to contribute supplies or other wonderful ideas and visions to this collaborative community event please get in touch! Please see the Volunteers Needed page, and please spread the word.

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*Participating Organizations* (More added weekly!):
In addition to numerous artists, musicians, jugglers and dancers we have a New Orleans style second line brass band; members of Rhythm Rising Frame Drum Ensemble with Inanna Sisters in Rhythm; the Maine Marimba Ensemble; a contingent of parade movement and blessing in the Bahiana tradition; Rwandan dance troupe, Abeza B’inganzo; West-African inspired dance troupe, Blue Moon Tribe; Taiko Maine Dojo; Bianca Abdalla, Step Dancer; Paper Bull Puppets; Bomb Diggity Arts Program; Mayo Street Arts; Trash into Art; Portland branch of the NAACP, the Museum of African Culture; Spirit Passages; Music & Magic Maine; Xpress Copy; delicious food from Local Sprouts Cooperative, and many more!
Created by Shayna Barry May: