Thousands showed up at the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday September 19, 2010, from 11:00 am -4:00 pm to celebrate the 7th annual Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Day of Peace.
The event was a tremendous success with well over 10,000 people attending the event which ran from 11am-4pm. Roots & Shoots groups from all over the state, as well as local students, tourists and others participated in the festivities.
For the 7th year in a row, the United Nations International Day of Peace, Roots & Shoots members and friends come together to promote peace. All over the world, young people craft Giant Peace Dove Puppets from reused materials and fly the Doves in parades in their communities. From the Pier in Santa Monica, to China, to the mountain tops of the Colorado Rockies, Peace Doves fly with hands of peace holding them up in the wind.
A symbol of international peace and solidarity, the Day of Peace festival on Santa Monica Pier closed with a Giant Peace Dove Parade. Celebrities, Roots & Shoots members, and event-goers joined together to fly a collection of seventy five hand-made giant doves along the Santa Monica Pier parade route, each with a wing span of 25 feet. Marilu Henner hosted the festival and led the peace parade. Simultaneously, Peace Doves flew in cities all across the United States and almost 100 countries worldwide.
“With the peace doves we remind everyone of the truth they sometimes forget – that peace is possible. With Day of Peace, we celebrate all that is free and noble in the human spirit. And we celebrate all that so many people have done throughout the year and will do next year to create a better world.” Said Jane Goodall, PhD, UN Messenger of Peace, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute.