PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The first full lighting of the 2023 WaterFire season took place Saturday night at Waterplace Park in downtown Providence.

“We’re all really proud of Providence – proud of Rhode Island and it’s exciting to show it off,” said Laura Duclos, director of creative services for Waterfire Providence.

Saturday’s event honored the commencement of the Rhode Island School of Design class of 2023 and celebrated their reunion weekend.

“We have folks from all around the country supporting the students in their graduation, and folks who have come in all around for the first Waterfire of the year,” said Duclos.

The lighting began at around 8:15 Saturday and the braziers remained lit until midnight.

The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza kicked off on Washington Street and Steeple Street at 6:30 p.m.. There, people were able to enjoy food and shop at local vendors.

For a full list of this season’s events, you can click here.