Pronk! Providence Honk Fest
(10.10) Brass bands from around the region converge on downtown Providence this holiday Monday for The Providence Honk Festival a.k.a. Pronk!. Starting in the afternoon with performances at Burnside Park, followed by a parade down South Water Street, and ending with a party of sorts under the highway at the Hurricane Barrier. While many of last year’s attendees danced and bounced around with the bands, others perched on the many ledges, plinths, and structural elements in that particular location to watch. (It’s like this space was designed for this event.) Go-go dancers atop the barrier added to the general kookiness.
But it’s all good. Go here for complete schedule.
3pm to 4:15pm Burnside Park — About a dozen bands kicks things off at Burnside Park, although you may bump into some mini-parades along the way as the bands make their approach. There is a pleasing sense of anarchy and chaos to all of this. At 4:15pm the bands, activist groups, and the community line up and get organized for parade. From the ProJo,
The day-long, grass-roots event that assembles brass bands from around the region that take to the streets is all about questioning mainstream culture, says the website, and takes a dim view of things like consumerism, colonialism, hate and injustice.
5:00pm Sharp! — (It may not be as anarchic as it looks.) The hour-long parade heads off from Exchange Street down to South Water Street. New parade route this year check it out.
6:15pm to 10pm — Pronk! After Dark — Fox Point Hurricane Barrier and the Hot Club.
The day before Pronk from 10am to 6pm, Sunday, you can join in on the Pronk Community Build over at The Avenue Concept, 304 Lockwood Street. (Facebook event page)
PRONK is coming! One day before PRONK! 2016, join us for our last community build. Sunday, October 9. Artists will be available and supplies are free! Make some friends and create, banners, flags, and art for the parade.
Pronk! Festival, 3pm to 10pm, Monday, October 10, Downtown/Fox Point