Burning of Grievances (2018)
A Catharsis Parade and Effigy Burning
Reduce your 2018 anxieties and bogeymen to a pile of smoldering ashes at our brass band-tastic, mask-wearing, parasol-twirling Burning of Grievances.
We will gather beneath the Manhattan bridge to acknowledge the historic foundation of injustice that we’ve found our society built upon. After an invocation of these injuries and a blessing of gratitude for our collective strength, a brass band will commence the release of burdens as we dance along the water’s edge.
We will board the NYC Ferry and blast across the dark waters as the skyline of Manhattan glints and the sting of tears are pulled by the cold wind. A quick march through Williamsburg will bring us to the L train and the final leg of our journey. The underground chariot will rocket us through the bones of Brooklyn while Hungry March wraps up their bacchanalian triumph.
The effigy burning will take place at a TBD location in Bushwick that serves affordable drinks and hot food. Our MC will read aloud the rants, cries and proclamations of our crowd, whether prepared beforehand or in the passion of the night. Fire performers will set them alight in a flash of catharsis before setting aflame the effigy we’ve prepared for midnight of the longest night of this very long year.