Despite the plethora of events held on Brown’s campus each week, it’s always nice to spend an evening enjoying what the city Providence has to offer. On Saturday evening with some of my closest friends, I sat on the edge of the canal sipping hot apple cider, listening to the live music, and seeing people smiling in the smoky breeze.
WaterFire is the free public arts event held several times a month between May and October, drawing 40,000 to 60,000 people each time. It’s a marriage of fire, water, music and performance. The fires are built in braziers, metal pans that hold the burning logs, and set up along three rivers in downtown Providence for two-thirds of a mile. The event starts at sunset with the lighting of the fires and runs until after midnight, giving this New England city a Venice-style feel.
This particular WaterFire was a joint effort with the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, which aims to raise awareness and educate people about breast cancer, and generate money for breast-health programs.
As the flames dance just above the river’s surface you can’t help but feel that WaterFire is a deeply-moving and magical experience. As Brown student’s, we have the opportunity to take part in this special event.