WaterFire is an annual celebration that takes place in downtown Providence. Many small bonefires are lit all along the rivers that run through the city. Roads are shut down and a lot of local businesses set up tents to sell food, products or just to promote their business. WaterFire is one of many events (see Providence Art Festival) put forth to help revitalize the city and foster a sense of community.
I was able to attend during the very last night of WaterFire 2011, which was sponsored by Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In support, much of the event was illuminated with pink lights including the Rhode Island State House.
WaterFire has an extensive array of events, often each night is different. This night featured fire dancers, men and women who stood on platforms near the river swinging around flaming chains, it was impressive and entertaining.
One thing Providence really has going for it is its vast array of restaurants and eateries, many of whom set up shop during WaterFire. Grab a wrap from the International Pocket stand, it was spicy but tasty. It was messy (grab some napkins) but that’s how you know it’s good eating.
If you have time, venture up to Prospect Park on the East Side of Providence for a gorgeous view of the city. Prospect Park has some amazing views.
If you’ve never been to Providence, but wanted to check it out, going during WaterFire is a great experience but you may have trouble finding parking. There are streets on the East Side you can park on for free, it’s a walk down a steep hill to get to downtown Providence however (and a steep walk back up).
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