Manor Gearing Up for Tenth Annual Trout Parade

Banner for the 10th Annual Livingston Manor Trout Parade, artwork by Elizabeth Ennis.
Banner for the 10th Annual Livingston Manor Trout Parade, artwork by Elizabeth Ennis.

 June 8 Parade Will Be Dedicated to Barry Foster

Attention local businesses, community groups, schools, artists, musicians, performance groups and more! The 10th annual Trout Parade, Sullivan County’s own version of Mardi Gras, is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 in Livingston Manor, NY, rain or shine. The Catskill Art Society invites you to “Boogie Down” and take part in the region’s funkiest community parade and street fair.

Individuals and groups that would like to dress in costume, decorate a bicycle, design a float, dance down Main Street, show off classic cars, make some music, or present a performance are welcome to participate in the Trout Parade. Your presentation can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be.

The 10th Annual Trout Parade is dedicated to the memory of Barry Foster, who as emcee for eight years infused the parade with all the energy and humor to keep it going on its wiggling way.  Barry passed away this year on April 19, but his spirit is such to keep the Trout Parade going for a long time to come.

The 2013 Trout Parade will step-off promptly at 1:00 p.m., led by the honorary “Sturgeon General” and featuring a wide variety of music, entertainment and floats representing local businesses, organizations and performance groups from this area and beyond. Look for pre-parade entertainment to include stilt-walkers from the NaCl Theatre, performers from Catskill Puppet Theatre, face painting by Miss Sunshine, and much more. Throughout the festivities, Wilkes and Bernard Photography will provide professional instant portraits of you and your family at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, with proceeds to benefit CAS.

We hope you’ll join in the fun. There is no cost to participate and hundreds come to see the Trout Parade each year. It’s also in support of a good cause. Don’t let this parade pass you by!

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 Catskill Art Society.

To celebrate the milestone of the Trout Parade’s 10th Anniversary, the CAS Arts Center is assembling a special exhibit to showcase the event’s history and celebrate the joy of fishing. CAS is seeking artwork and artifacts featuring fish to represent this central part of our community’s identity. This exhibit will be on display for one week through this year’s Trout Parade, and participants are welcome to “borrow” their work to use in the Parade!

All original artwork, photographs, historical artifacts, and unique fishing paraphernalia is welcome for submission.There is no fee to submit work. All pieces should be delivered ready to hang or display by Tuesday, May 28. Please include a brief note outlining the work’s origin and description, as well as its title and artist’s name if known.

For more information and details on how to participate in the 2013 Trout Parade or become a sponsor, please contact the Catskill Art Society at 845-436-4227 or info@catskillartsociety.org. You can also find the Trout Parade on Facebook at www.facebook.com/troutparade.