Red Earth Festival begins with parade on Friday

Thursday, June 4, 2015

If you’ve been in OKC any time at all, chances are that you’ve heard of the Red Earth Festival. The exciting three-day event celebrates the rich Native American culture that makes our city and state unlike any other.

The event will kick off with the annual Red Earth Festival parade this Friday in downtown OKC. The majestic parade is a certainly a sight to behold. Not only has it been heralded as one of the most unique in America, but it’s also something that you will only see in Oklahoma City. Tribal members from across the country will take to the streets, many in full tribal regalia. Native American bands, honor guards, dignitaries and tribal princesses will provide entertainment during the hour-long event.

Inside the Cox Convention Center, expect to be wowed by the nation’s best Native American dancers from more than 100 tribes as they compete during the Red Earth Fancy Dance competition. The booming drums and rhythmic stomps of hundreds of dancers showcase the emotion and celebration of the tribes’ dances. While you’re here explore the history of the Five Civilized Tribes that were relocated to Indian Territory, or discover the culture of the 38 federally recognized tribes whose headquarters are in Oklahoma. And the kiddos are sure to be entertained with exciting hands-on activities and will have an opportunity to learn about Oklahoma’s deep Native American roots.


This post first appeared this week on the Chamber’s Better Life OKC blog. Read more on the blog about the festival, Native American art and Oklahoma’s western history.

Read more about the Red Earth Festival’s traditions and schedule in The Oklahoman.