Hudson River Pageant
Hudson River Park, Manhattan

On Saturday, May 21, 2011 (raindate: Sunday, May 22), Earth Celebrations, a non-profit ecological arts organization, launches 2nd annual Earth Celebrations’ Hudson River Pageant: to restore the Hudson River and address climate change in New York City.

The new Hudson River Pageant features a magnificent parade of giant 15-foot river species puppets, spectacular costumes representing oysters, sea horses, blue crabs, wetlands, river grass, alternative elemental energy spirits, and over 70 species of local fish. Music, dance, performances, songs, and poetry, including an Oyster Garden Planting Ceremony, Live Fish Release, River Cleansing Ceremony, and a Boat Dance, highlighting the river, and its’ species, habitats, and issues, are presented at the various piers and significant sites along the parade route, from the Mercy Corps Action Center, moving north to Gansevoort Street, in the downtown portion of the Hudson River Park from 1-5pm.

The spectacular Water Boat Dance & Harmonic Chant Concert closing ceremony combines on-the-river boat choreography by Bessie award-winning choreographer Alice Farley and David Hykes the renowned composer-singer presenting his over-the-river concert with The Harmonic Choir. The choreography includes 30-foot rowboats festooned with spectacular marine-life sculptures and costumed kayaks performing a dance movement on the water at 4pm- at Horatio Street (13th Street) in the Husdon River Park. Boat participants include: Village Community Boathouse, The Harbor School, and individual kayakers, paddle boarders, and wind surfers.

The pageant is a magnificent creation of art, performance and community engagement to honor and restore the Hudson and address climate change.