The family fun continues with a visit to the WaterFire event in Providence, RI! Every few weeks in the summer the event/art installation is held, during which over 80 fires are lit along the river that runs through the city while beautiful, international music is played everywhere. From the website:

“WaterFire Providence® is an independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy. This award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, has been praised by Rhode Island residents and international visitors alike as a powerful work of art and a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance. WaterFire’s over eighty sparkling bonfires, the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the silhouettes of the firetenders passing by the flames, the torch-lit vessels traveling down the river, and the enchanting music from around the world engage all the senses and emotions of those who stroll the paths of Waterplace Park. WaterFire has captured the imagination of over ten million visitors, bringing life to downtown, and revitalizing Rhode Island’s capital city.”

It’s an interesting mix of street fair, cultural music fest, and bonfire. Truly something to see! The only issue I had with it is by the end of the night I really wished I had some marshmallows and a long stick. 😉

Pretty stars.
These statue-people were everywhere!
Lots of fire, lots of people!
Gondolas and motorboats went up and down the river. I like the ghostly effect caused by the night setting on my camera.
The Fiasco and me, and more ghosts!
You could purchase wish ribbons and tribute lanterns.

It was a really neat experience that I recommend if you’re in New England in the summer. Have you been to anything like it before?


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