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US + Int'l street bands join PVD's finest musicians, mayhem makers, artists, and activists in an unforgettable celebration of sound!
US + Int'l street bands join PVD's finest musicians, mayhem makers, artists, and activists in an unforgettable celebration of sound!
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PRONK! is people-powered: 100% free and 100% volunteer run, but it costs some bucks to run. It can't happen without YOU, Kickstarter supporters...

What is PRONK? The Providence HONK Festival (PRONK!) is a grassroots, neighborhood event made possible by the support of local folk like you.On Monday October 10th, 2016, aka Indigenous People's Day ("Columbus Day"), the sounds and sights of street bands from here and around the country and around the world will fill our fair city as part of the ninth annual festival.

PRONK RECLAIMS the streets with brass, beats, and feet! We are a victory riot of local favorites like the Extraordinary Rendition Band, What Cheer? Brigade, and Kickin' Brass. We are a cacophonous street celebration with 200+ musicians from 10+ traveling bands (New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, Austin, New York, Boston.) 

PRONK is part of a national/global HONK! movement with sister festivals in Austin; Detroit; NYC; Pittsburgh; Seattle; Wollongong, Australia; and Rio de Janeiro. 

No wires, no amps, off the grid. Bands are inspired to travel great distances at personal expense to joyously celebrate their music in the streets surrounding Kennedy Plaza and South Water Street as part of the Providence HONK Parade.

PRONK! BELIEVES artists and musicians have something to contribute to social justice movements. Last year, 15+ community organizations and 250+ students, organizers, and volunteers worked hard to build community and communicate important messages in the parade alongside musical acts.

This year, PRONK! will march in support of the Providence Community Safety Act. The goal of this collaboration is to use music, dance, and art to bring attention to injustices and inequalities in our city and encourage people from across Providence to stand behind this ordinance so that we can ban racial profiling and build a safer city, specifically for youth, immigrants and people of color. PRONK! is partnering with the Standing Together to End Profiling and Undo Poverty (STEP UP) Network: Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM), Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE), American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), and Olneyville Neighborhood Association (ONA) and various other local groups in support of the Providence Community Safety Act (CSA).

Where will Kickstarter funds go? Hundreds of volunteers, businesses, and organizers give time, supplies, and funds to make PRONK! come to life each year. Your contribution of dollar$ will go directly to 

  • FEEDING and HOUSING bands 
  • building parade materials
  • buying supplies for participating artists and organizations
  • providing bathrooms and so much more 

PRONK is a family-friendly party: Our Kickstarter goal of $2,200 is just a small part of $15,000 it actually takes to run the festival and we'd be so grateful if you'd send what you can spare our way so we can all dance and raise our voices in the streets together again this October 10. providencehonkfest.org. See Facebook for more info: www.facebook.com/providence.honkfest

MANY thanks to: Jonah David for creating this year's video; Tony Pacitti and Stephen Crocker for shooting the 2015 video; superstar Trinity Academy for the Arts grad/ 3-year PRONK volunteer Teema Garpue for narration; What Cheer? Brigade for the music ("Jovano", recorded and mixed by Don Goodwin); and Cheryl Adams Johnson, Dwight Wilkerson, Craig Johnston for photography!

More from our manifesto, PRONK: SUPPORTS education & questioning of mainstream narratives; CELEBRATES Providence; IS NOT consumer-driven; ENCOURAGES youth to engage with music and art as a platform for social change; AIMS to build relationships between and among artists and organizations; IS NOT a Columbus Day parade; DOES NOT support complacency and unquestioned acceptance. ASPIRES to spark meaningful dialogues around challenges dividing our communities; IS a celebration of resistance to consumerism, colonialism, hatred, and injustice; SEEKS to utilize the the visual and auditory noise of artists and local, national, and international street bands to highlight the important work of activists making change in our own community. 

We, the community of PRONK! supporters and organizers, recognize that we have a long way to go. Join us as we take a step forward again this year, won't you? 

Risks and challenges

Above all, we want YOU to have a great time at PRONK, so we put a lot of energy into producing the actual event. Our rewards are mostly centered on the event itself, including participating in some extra way like wearing drums during a set or hanging out backstage with bands, with the exception of the signed posters, bandanas, and t-shirts. We print the posters before the event and have bands sign them day-of, and while collecting autographs can be a little overwhelming amid the chaos of the event, we're confident that we'll do a good job! The biggest challenge for us is delivering posters and t-shirts after the event, and so ask for your patience – we will get them to you, but it might take a couple weeks.

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    Big smiles and high fives from PRONK musicians!

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    A limited-edition hand-screen printed PRONK! bandana! Black with gold ink.

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    An official Providence HONK Festival 2016 screen printed poster (designed by Pete Cardoso), signed by PRONK! musicians!

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    Pronk! 2015 T! Cotton/poly high-end t-shirt—black with red and white ink.

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    Pronk! T + HONK swag package.

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    All of the above + get a special serenade by the band of your choice during the festival!

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    Be the marshal at the head of PRONK parade! Plus the undying love and gratitude of PRONK musicians and the organizing committee.

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