The project engages the participation of artists, youth, local residents, schools, community centers, and organizations to participate in the project and our three month educational environmental art workshop series from March –May. Participants work with our resident artists to create the spectacular puppets and costumes for the parade. The culminating parade and theatrical pageant follows a route from Battery Park North to Gansevoort Street, in the downtown portion of the Hudson River Park, on Saturday May 12, 2012 (rain date Sunday May 13), from 1-5pm. The parade of spectacular costumes, giant puppets, mobile sculptures, and live musical bands, features 13 site-specific performances at the piers and significant sites along the route. Featured presentations of performance, poems, songs, and dance, celebrate the history, current issues, and future restoration of the river including: Dance of the River Grass, Oyster Planting, Live Fish Release, and Boat Dance.
EARTH CELEBRATIONS is a non-profit environmental arts organization in New York City and since its founding in 1991 created the theatrical pageants and creative advocacy programs for 15 years that led to the preservation of hundreds of community gardens of the Lower East Side and throughout New York City. In 2009, Earth Celebrations launched the Hudson River Pageant Project to raise awareness for the waterfront of downtown Manhattan and highlight the restoration of the Hudson River’s native species and habitats.
LILAC is a 1933 former lighthouse tender that brought supplies to lighthouses and maintained buoys for the U.S. Lighthouse Service and the U.S. Coast Guard. Decommissioned in 1972, she is now owned by the non-profit Lilac Preservation Project. She is the oldest lighthouse tender in America and the only steam-powered tender to survive with her steam engines intact. LILAC is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Lilac is berthed at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25
at West Street and N. Moore Street
Nearest subway stations are the Franklin Street stop on the 1
or Canal Street on the A/C/E (exit at Walker Street)
N. Moore Street is one block north of Franklin Street
or a block south of Walker Street
Walk west on N. Moore to the pier
HUDSON RIVER PAGEANT- PARTICIPATING PARTNERS
(2009-2012): The Hudson River Park Trust (Sponsor), Friends of Hudson River Park (Sponsor), Church Street School for Music & Art, Brookfield Properties/arts> World Financial Center (Sponsor- which is sponsored by American Express, Battery Park City Authority, Brookfield Properties and Bank of America), Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center, (Sponsor) The River Project, , Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, Village Community Boathouse, New York Harbor School, New York Kayak Company, Floating the Apple, Lilac Preservation Project, Solar One, Lower East Side Ecology Center,Salsberg Group, Gaia Institute, ACA Galleries, Difrent, We, theWorld, Henry Street Settlement, Asphalt Green, Boys and Girls Republic, Panda Scouts, Poets House, Mercy Corps Action Center, Clean Air NY, Greenpeace, One Brick, BuildOn, NY Cares, Project Ore, CB1, PS89, PS234, PS397, PS276/Green School, School at Columbia, St. Vincent Ferrer High School, Stuyvesant High School, New York University, New School, Hunter College, Association of Yale Alumni, Scenic Hudson, Riverkeeper, and Clearwater.