HUDSON — he annual Hudson Black Arts and Cultural Festival and Parade will take place Friday, August 9th, Saturday, August 10th and Sunday, August 11th, 2018.
Join us as we kick off the festival with our Open Mic Music Night on Friday from 5:30-8 p.m. Performers can register at Operation Unite New York by calling 518 828-3612. On Saturday, the Parade begins at 2 pm at 7th Street Park. The parade will be followed by opening remarks at the Hudson Riverfront Park by Hudson’s Mayor Rick Rector and Operation Unite New York President Gregory Mosley at 3:15 PM. This year’s theme is “Unbroken Flows the River”. Leading the parade will be Grand Marshalls Dorothy Holloway and Jean Cobbs, two Hudsonians who have given hundreds of service hours to the community. The Bindlestiff Youth Stilt Walkers and friends march in the parade from the 7th Street Park to the Hudson Riverfront Park. Parade marchers are encouraged to dress to the theme and line up at 1:30 p.m.
At 3:30 p.m., the fantastic Arm of the Sea Theater returns to Hudson with a family presentation of” Dirt”. The Arm of the Sea Theater travels throughout the region performing with life-size puppets. There will be a variety of youth activities for all ages including games and foot races lead by the Youth in Action team. Christine Boldt returns with fabulous face painting from 2-4 p.m.. Don’t forget to sign your child up between4-6 pm for our annual Back to School Giveaway. Supplies will be given out at 6:30 pm. The Community Talent Show is open to all at 6 pm. Sign up early at the Operation Unite table. Kuumba Dance and Drum calls all drummers and newcomers to the festival Drum Circle and freestyle dancing.
The Hudson Sloop Club partners with Operation Unite and video/film artist JD Urban to present Art on the River, a hands-on approach to photography on the river, while sailing along the Hudson River. Photographs will be on display at the Hudson Area Library in September. Register at Operation Unite by August 9. Call 518 828-3612. Support for Art on the River Project was made possible by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and NYSCA Community Arts Grant, administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.
Sunday activities start with a free performance by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus at 1:00 pm, at the Hudson Youth Center, 18 South Third Street. Head down to the Hudson Riverfront Park at 3:30 pm for the Ujima Community Collective Drum Circle lead by John & Olympia Ward. Beginners welcome. The Annual Gospel Festival and Sunset Service begin at 5 pm with the Albany District Chorale, lead by Pamela Sharpe.
The Hudson Black Arts and Cultural Festival and Parade sponsors include City of Hudson, Columbia County Tourism, The Cat, WGXC, and CCDC.
In case of rain on Saturday, all activities will begin at 2 pm on Sunday. In case of rain on Sunday, Gospel and Sunset Service will be held at the State Street AME Zion Church at 201 Street, Hudson, at 5:00 pm.
For vendor information and Talent Show participation, call 518 821-8150.
Photo credit: Arm of the Sea Website