PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Waterfire Providence will kick off the 2015 season with its first full lighting Saturday, the organization announced Tuesday.
The fire, sponsored by Bank of America, will celebrate Brown University’s 250th anniversary. The event will coincide with the university’s commencement weekend.
“Over the past 15-months, Brown University has celebrated the 250th anniversary of its founding by offering programs designed to share a fuller and deeper understanding of the University and its historic and ongoing partnership with Providence and Rhode Island,” said Bill Hatfield, Rhode Island President of Bank of America.
According to the Waterfire Providence, many of the iconic characters and events will return for the 2015 season, including Waterfire Arts Festival on Washington and Steeple Streets, fire dancers, the living statues in Memorial Park, and origami master Andrew Anselmo.
“In conjunction with Commencement/Reunion Weekend 2015, we are pleased to mark the conclusion of this historic celebration by sponsoring Waterfire Providence, founded by alumnus Barnaby Evans, and invite alumni, graduates, families, friends and all Rhode Islanders to enjoy this magical exhibit in our capital city,” Hatfield said.
The season will include ten full lightings — one each in May, June and July, three in August, two in September, and one each in October and November.
Saturday’s event will kick off just after sunset, predicted for 8:07 p.m.
For more information or to see the full schedule of events for the 2015 season, click here.