As we lived through the events of the past year, we sought to make an experience that would give space for mourning, for protest, to scream at the sky, and to hope for the future. A piece that would offer, if not closure, something like catharsis. A piece made of by and for the people of Providence, Rhode Island.
Why is it called a Pageant?
We chose this title in reference to an earlier definition of “pageant,” which included “public entertainment that includes a procession.”
Where to park?
We suggest parking near your beginning location, where there should either be free or metered parking. Please note that after the central event you will have to walk back!
How long is the walk?
Each tour is about a mile from the starting point to the skating rink in Kennedy Plaza, taking about 35 minutes. The central gathering (once everyone arrives) will be about 20 minutes (about 75 minutes total).
The longest walk is from Broad Street and it is 1.25 miles, the shortest is The Pedestrian Bridge at .9miles. Each walk will have moments of rest, and you can always pause the audio tour if you want to! Remember you will either have to walk back from Kennedy Plaza or arrange other transportation. Wear your walking shoes!
Can I ride my bike?
Sure! Although the walking tour will be paced for walkers, so you might not have the optimal audio tour experience, but you are free to stop and start the file as you need to. Also, remember to be safe listening in your headphones while biking!
What if I don’t have a smartphone?
No problem! Just let us know when you make the ticket reservation and we will make sure to have an mp3 player available for your use during the event.
What if I don’t have headphones?
No problem! Just let us know when you make the ticket reservation and we will make sure to have an headphones available for your use during the event.
What if I don’t want to or am unable to walk?
No problem! Choose the Downtown/Non-walking tour!
What if I have a hearing disability?
Let us know during the reservation process and we will have a transcription available for whichever neighborhood you choose!
What if I speak Spanish?
Let us know during the reservation process and you will be given a Spanish translated audio tour!
Is there an age recommendation?
We recommend the Pageant for ages 12 and above!
What if I want to listen to all the audio tours?
You can! After the Pageant, all six audio tours will be available on our website for one year for any and all to listen to.
Will there be assistance at the event?
Yes! Pageant staff will be monitoring the audience as they go on their tour, and will be able to provide water and other assistance as necessary.
What happens if it rains?
We will be in touch with a rain date.
What steps are you taking to be COVID-safe?
We are committed to keeping Pageant for Providence Covid safe. To ensure your wellbeing amid the Covid-19 pandemic, we are working with the Brown University School of Public Health and are continually assessing federal and state policies and plan to abide by the latest guidelines.
- The entire event is outdoors
- All staff members and performers are fully vaccinated
- All participants must either be fully vaccinated or show proof of a recent negative test
- All attendants must take a short Covid screening before entry
- All materials used for this event will be fully sanitized
What can I do to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
- If you are experiencing any Covid-like symptoms, refrain from attending the event
- If you are not fully vaccinated, make sure to wear a mask