Hudson has a lot of parades, and there is a new one debuting this Saturday--the Mad Hatters' Parade, a community-built wearable-art parade. Initiated by Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles of Processional Arts Workshop and inspired by global Carnival masquerades and Hudson's evolving history as a city of makers, the Mad Hatters' Parade brings together our diverse communities in a shared spectacle of the nonsensical.
Perfect Ten girls model their creations for the Mad Hatters' Parade
The parade steps off at 2 p.m. from the Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street, heads west on State Street to Fourth Street, south to Warren Street, west to Front Street, and then south again to Basilica Hudson for a final Grand Sashay through the aisles at Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market.
You can watch the parade from any point along the way, or, better yet, you can join the "retinue of aspiring artists, agile absurdists, and ambulatory agitators" and be a part of this work of mobile performance art. Volunteers are needed to perform with an ensemble of Bard Theater and Performance students in the "Pageant of Incorrigibles, the Sleepwalking Door-Mice, and the Mighty Phagmites." Click here to volunteer to wear a costume or a headpiece or carry to a puppet in the Mad Hatters' Parade. Parade participants are asked to meet at the Hudson Area Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. COPYRIGHT 2019 CAROLE OSTERINK