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Pluto lovers to rally in Greenwood in support of dwarf planet on Saturday

The writing and tutoring center The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle) is once again rallying the troops in support of dwarf planet Pluto at Saturday’s Dwarf Planet Pride Day. Kids and grown-ups will march along the sidewalk around 85th and Greenwood with signs protesting Pluto’s 2006 demotion.

This is the 7th Pluto Protest Day here in Greenwood, and it promises to be even bigger than before, with special guests Alan Stern (principal investigator for NASA’s New Horizons probe, launched in 2006, which is scheduled to fly by Pluto this July ), MSNBC science editor Alan Boyle (author of “A Case for Pluto”), UW Astronomer and Carl Sagan fellow Dr. Sarah Ballard (who has discovered more than 50 exo-solar planets), and UW astronomer Oliver Fraser.

It all starts at 1:30 p.m. with sign-making and practicing your best Pluto chants at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N. (Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co.) with the parade starting at 2 p.m. At 2:15 p.m., marchers will observe a moment of silence at Neptune Coffee across the street to commemorate Pluto’s reclassification as a dwarf planet. From 2:20 – 3:30 p.m. is a post-parade rally with food and a debate between students enrolled in the Bureau of Fearless Ideas workshop program, and a brief program featuring all the special guests.