Livingston Manor, May 31, 2013
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Livingston Manor, NY — The 10th Annual Trout Parade, Sullivan County’s own version of Mardi Gras, will be held on Saturday, June 8 in Livingston Manor, rain or shine. Attendees can expect to find lots of fishy fun along Main Street from 11:00am to 3:00pm, including an arts-and-crafts fair, children’s activities, and specialty foods from local vendors. Entertainment will begin at 11:00am on Main Street, including puppet performances by Ramona Jan, face painting by Miss Sunshine the Clown, and stilt walking by Brett Keyser and Tannis Kowalchuk of the NaCl Theatre.
The parade will step-off promptly at 1:00pm, led by the 2013 Grand Marshall Jenny Lytton. A stylish trendsetter and major supporter of the Trout Parade since its early inception by Steve Wilkinson and Gerard Ilaria back in 2004, Lytton was instrumental in setting the funky, eccentric tone that became a trademark of the annual event. Most people remember her best from her wedding, held publicly at the 2006 Trout Parade, complete with fish and mermaid costumes as she and husband Eric Hirsch were joined in “Holy Mackerel-mony” in Renaissance Park.
They will be followed by a wide variety of antique and classic cars, music, entertainment, and floats representing local businesses, organizations and performance groups from this area and beyond, including the magnificent puppets of Catskill Puppet Theater and Bud Wertheim’s famous Giant Brook Trout. Sullivan County citizens and benefactors such as Jeff Bank, the Catskill Fly Fishing Center, and the Livingston Manor Rotary will march and enter floats, while cultural organizations and shows like NaCl Theatre’s “The Weather Project” will turn heads with spectacular costumes and showmanship.
A variety of music for all tastes will get audiences to “Boogie Down,” from Paprika, the acclaimed all-female international dance music band; the Hungry March Band, a longtime favorite marching brass ensemble with a scrappy soul; and Taste Da’ Thumbs Symphony, a rocking band featuring local favorites with a set of progressive rock and heavy funk.
All during the festivities, Wilkes and Bernard Photography will provide instant portraits at the CAS Arts Center, located at 48 Main Street. All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Catskill Art Society and support its exhibits, classes, and cultural programming. Professional photographs will be taken and prints made on the spot.
This year’s Trout Parade is dedicated to the memory of Barry Foster, whose indomitable spirit and sense of humor was a touchstone to all who knew him in the Livingston Manor community. His role as emcee for most of the event’s history will be commemorated with this year’s milestone event as it promotes the joy and hometown pride that he so cherished.
The Catskill Art Society is producing this year’s Trout Parade in partnership with the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce and with support from businesses and individuals from around the community. Proceeds from the parade will benefit the Arts and Music Programs at the Livingston Manor Central School and the nonprofit Catskill Art Society.
For more information and details on how to become a sponsor or to participate in the Trout Parade, contact the Catskill Art Society at 845-436-4227, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.troutparade.com. You can also find the Trout Parade on Facebook!
June 1 through June 9 — Trout Parade 10th Anniversary Special Exhibit
Throughout the Trout Parade, the CAS Arts Center will hold a special exhibit celebrating the milestone anniversary of the distinctive community event and the proud fishing culture that inspired it. The Trout Parade 10th Anniversary Special Exhibit runs for one week, June 1 through June 9, and displays memorabilia, costumes, and artwork from all nine previous parades, as well as rare fishing gear and artifacts drawn from over 100 years of local history.
The Catskill Art Society will host a free opening reception for the Trout Parade 10th Anniversary Special Exhibit on Saturday, June 1 from 5-7pm in the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, Livingston Manor, NY. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.
About Catskill Art Society
Catskill Art Society is a non-profit cultivating public interest, participation, and enjoyment of the arts. Through its multi-arts center, CAS explores contemporary art practices and facilitates creative and professional development for established and emerging artists. Located in Livingston Manor, the renovated 4,500+ square foot facility includes a designated fine arts gallery, a large multi-purpose space, a pottery studio, a painting studio, and a digital arts lab. For more information, please visit www.catskillartsociety.org.
Funding for CAS is provided in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.