Water Fire (Providence, RI)

Date Of Event: September 24, 2016 (next and last Water Fire of the year is Nov. 5)

Location: Memorial Blvd, Providence, RI

Time Of Event: First lighting is a little after sunset

Cost: Free

Parking: There are several parking lots and garages in the area.  Off street parking is limited during the event

Dog Friendly: Yes

Web Site: Water Fire

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Originally an award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans in 1994, Water Fire has become a staple of the Providence entertainment scene.  Initially, the Water Fire display was a celebration of the 10th anniversary of First Night Providence.  There were 11 braziers, or hot coal baskets, that were lit at the first Water Fire.  There are now over 80 in the three rivers of downtown Providence.

It was another warm summer day when we arrived.  Summer’s last gasp.  And there was plenty of outdoor pre-Water Fire entertainment.

The first braziers are lit right after sunset (around 7 pm when I went).  People on boats, some in the fashion of gondolas, float by during the festival and music is played during the event.

It was a cool evening.  But the warmth of the fires kept us warm.

This man kept going by and throwing flowers to various people.  I didn’t get one.

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Of course, Providence looks beautiful with or without the water Fire lighting.

It was also Chinese Culture Night.  Steeple Street had booths with information and games about Chinese culture.

The next Water Fire is scheduled for Nov. 5 (bundle up if you go).  It will be your last chance to attend the event this year asit is the last Water Fire event of the year.  They usually start up again in the spring of each year, usually in March.

Dogs are allowed at the Water Fire event.

Oakley is a 4 month old Australian Cattledog

Raleigh is a 6 month old American Staffordshire Terrier with a special talent (see the videos below)

Below are some videos from the Water Fire event:

A dragon in the water!  Part of the Chinese Culture Night

A human on a skateboard:

wait for it….yes a dog on a skateboard…

Someone playing with fire

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Hi I'm Wayne. Welcome to my blog. I am a true New Englander through and through. I love everything about New England. I especially love discovering new places in New England and sharing my experiences with everyone. I tend to focus on the more unique and lesser known places and things in New England on my blog. Oh yeah, and I love dogs. I always try to include at least one dog in each of my blog posts. I discovered my love of photography a couple of years ago. I know, I got a late start. Now, I photograph anything that seems out of the ordinary, interesting, beautiful and/or unique. And I have noticed how every person, place or thing I photograph has a story behind it or him or her. I don't just photograph things or people or animals. I try to get their background, history or as much information as possible to give the subject more context and meaning. It's interesting how one simple photograph can evoke so much. I am currently using a Nikon D3200 "beginner's camera." Even though there are better cameras on the market, and I will upgrade some time, I love how it functions (usually) and it has served me well. The great thing about my blog is you don't have to be from New England, or even like New England to like my blog (although I've never met anyone who doesn't). All you have to like is to see and read about new or interesting places and things. Hopefully, you'll join me on my many adventures in New England! View all posts by New England Nomad

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