PRONK! 2018 - Somerville's HONK! Fest Comes to Providence

Scenes from PRONK 2018 on Monday, Oct 8, 2018 in the East Side of Providence

the front of the PRONK Honk fest in Providence parade
PRONK 2018 - HONK! Fest in Providence

Did I mention I love my little city? This place of Providence that I've called home for 14 months is pretty darn spectacular, events-wise. (Spectacularly corrupt, local policiticians-wise--but that's another story.)

This weekend was particularly actively staycationesque for me. I was out Saturday, Sunday and Monday doing something interesting.  Pronk, the name given to the Providence version of the Honk Fest that orginated in Somerville, Mass, was this past Monday.

Also this weekend, on the west side of town in Federal Hill was the Columbus Day Festival. This Italian neighborhood takes it as a time to celebrate Italian heritage. While there are justified exceptions to the veneration of Columbus, I just focus on the street fair that spans several blocks and is mere steps from my front door.

From the second line bands, complete with some Mardi Gras Indians

Mardi Gras Indians Marching in PRONK Fest in Providence
Mardi Gras Indians Marching in PRONK Fest in Providence

To the abilty to drink on the streets and get "go cups" at the bar

Bridget Eileen selfie drinking a beer on Atwells Ave taking advantage of the open container laws on Columbus Day Weekend in Federal Hill
Bridget Eileen selfie drinking a beer on Atwells Ave
Taking advantage of the open container laws on
Columbus Day Weekend in Federal Hill

It definitely felt more like I was visiting my mom down in New Orleans, rather than staying in beautiful New England for the mid-October weekend.

PRONK is very very much like one of the more quirky of Mardi Gras parades, like St Anne's or Chewbacchas. (Google these parades; then go to them for fun some day, because it is worth it!)

PRONK Fest Parade Marches Down Water Street (despite the traffic in their way)

Part of me couldn't help but feel a little bad for the cars stuck on the street as a massive parade came by...Hahaha. That has happened to my mom in New Orleans, too.

While this year's event has come and gone, if you missed it, make a point to join up next year. It's pretty great, and free to attend.


T Rex Marches in PRONK2018
T Rex Marches in PRONK2018

Pronk - Honk Fest in Providence Parade
Pronk - Honk Fest in Providence Parade

PRONK participants marching in the parade down Water St in Providence
PRONK participants marching in the parade down Water St in Providence

Two Super Funky PRONK Parade Marchers
Two Super Funky PRONK Parade Marchers

Parade Marchers dressed as Mardi Gras Indians in PRONK - the Honk Fest of Providence
Parade Marchers dressed as Mardi Gras Indians in
PRONK - the Honk Fest of Providence


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