Ladies in White, ready to bless the river at the first-ever Hudson River Pageant (and Water Dance of Boats). May 9th, I'd come to Manhattan on a weekend to cheer on a friend from my club who was in the Water Dance of Boats, which was the grand finale of the day.
The stage is set
A couple of brants checking things out. "Oh, honey, look, they're having a pageant! Let's leave for Canada tomorrow, instead!"
Harmonic Presence (the group providing the music for the Water Dance of Boats) warms up.
Naiads in the house! Yo!
Trumpeter in the parade. I'd originally planned to head into town earlier to catch the parade (which started at 1:00) & the fish release & whatever other performance-arty things caught my eye, but in the end got lazy & just got there at 4:30 or so (the boat thing started at 5). Thought I'd missed the parade but it turned out the parade had just gone on parading all afternoon. Saw them coming up the promenade & ran down to take pictures.
A Lovely Siren (not singing, phew!)
Giant River Puppets!
Roving River of Boats. This was cute, there were 10 or 15 kids all in robes that made the river & all sorts of boats for hats.
Big Momma Hudson, I imagine might have been this wheeled puppet's name. Very neat details, all sorts of river creatures suspended in her skirt.
The naiads again, performing with the Recycled River Maidens (costumes made of river junk).
Roving River of Boats, Giant Undulating Jellyfish-Person (neat costume, built on an umbrella which the wearer was continually opening & closing for truest impression of jellyfishosity), random other river-spirit & a bystander.
Now the stage is really set.
And the stage moves out to the river -
And here they all come, the stars of the grand finale, the Water Dance of Boats!
First, a blessing of the Hudson by the Ladies in White. The spray bottles are said to hold a mixture of waters from various places - the Ganges & I can't remember where else. A blessing was said & the ladies spritzed away.
Knicks Fan Kid With Fish.
Here come the kayaks! That's my friend Laurie at the end, she didn't get a cobra hood because she's the one who did all the rolling. That's the Gansevoort Peninsula in the background btw, eventually supposed to become part of the Hudson River Park but for now it's still where the garbage trucks stay.
A closer view of the kayaker costumes. Laurie's hood is dual-purpose - it's a costume, but that water is still quite chilly.
Kayak Dancers I
Kayak Dancers II
The baskets of rose petals I'd shown in the 2nd picture were thrown on the water.
Whitehall gigs from the Village Community Boathouse heading in now, past the Roving River of Ships
Whitehalls from the Village Community Boathouse at Pier 40.
octopus/lobster/coral live figurehead danced slow rhythms
"Laurie! LAURIE! ROLL, LAURIE!"
Thank you Laurie! Very nice!
bye bye boats!
Southbound, destination Pier 40.
A few more pictures at the end of the show...
Up on the stage
Petals in the water
Now I'm heading south, I figure I can get in backstage at Pier 40!
The Dragonfish figurehead
Post-show putting away.
Moving one of the decorated Whitehalls.
Moving the figurehead.
The mooring field at Pier 40, the walkway to the the Holland Tunnel ventilator shaft, and Battery Park City.
The kayakers' costumes.
I try on Laurie's hat & fish. On one of her rolls in the dance, she came up with this in her teeth - it's her signature joke. The normal fish is not this big, though!
Laurie with her hat & her fish.
Cute kid helping to clean up.
Never saw Pier 40 looking quite so backstage-y. That's one of the living figurehead costumes.
Laurie's fan club (friends & family) arrives! I'd actually been with them down at the show, had gotten separated from them afterwards & practically sprinted here thinking I'd missed them. I forgot you just don't move that fast with small children!
Cleaning up one of the gigs.
More backstage stuff. The fabric draped over the railings were actually the kayak costumes - stretchy material that fit snugly over the boats.
Gratuitous shot of my old schooner, the Adirondack, headed for the Statue.