Boat Aficionados Take Note: It’s Not Too Late to Register for Afloat!, A Parade on Water

Saturday, September 13, 2013 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Presented by Houston Arts Alliance and Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 9/10/2014, 8:17 a.m.
Known to many as the Bayou City, Houston can trace its very roots to the vast network of waterways that ...
Come Afloat! to the parade on water

HOUSTON, TX — Known to many as the Bayou City, Houston can trace its very roots to the vast network of waterways that crisscross its urban landscape. Afloat!, the first in a series of parades as part of Houston Arts Alliance’s three-month Transported + Renewed project, is a celebration of all things on the water. Adventure seekers are invited to join in a spectacular boat procession from Allen’s Landing, the site of our city’s founding, to Houston’s East End, a harbinger of our city’s future, on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 11 a.m. - 1p.m. Afloat! is co-sponsored by Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

Featuring people-powered canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, row boats and Dragon Boats alongside a fleet of police and fire department boats and the Mighty Tidy, a boat used by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership to keep our bayou system clean, Afloat! shines a light on Houston’s waterborne transportation system. Also, spectators should be on the lookout for Whatever Floats, a giant inflatable sculpture by renowned Houston artist Sharon Engelstein, anchored in the water near the finish line. Public viewing locations for Afloat! can be accessed along the 2.2 mile bike trail system on the south side of Buffalo Bayou between Allen’s Landing and York Street.

Boat afficianados can become part of the parade by registering their boat at The registration deadline for Afloat! is Friday, September 12, 2014. Space is limited. Particpants are encouraged to embrace their creative side by decorating their boats and donning costumes. Awards for the “Funkiest Floater” and “Cutest Crew” will be presented at the post-parade party at the finish line, located at 901 York Street.

Transported + Renewed is a bold mix of community-based and contemporary art projects organized by Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) in collaboration with local artists and community partners. From September 1 – November 30, 2014, Houston’s East End, the city’s historic transport hub and neighborhood hugging Buffalo Bayou and the Ship Channel, will be infused with a series of concerts, performances, contemporary visual arts installations and more.

Transported + Renewed is made possible in large part by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town grant award for creative placemaking, received in fall of 2013 by Houston Arts Alliance as one of 59 such awards and one of two grants awarded at the highest level nationally. Houston is the only city in Texas to have received the prestigious grant in 2013. Through Our Town, the NEA supports creative placemaking projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful and sustainable places with the arts at their core. The grantee projects encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies.

Transported + Renewed would not be possible without the tremendous support of Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

Additional sponsors include The Brown Foundation, Inc., Union Pacific, City of Houston, Greater East End Management District, the University of Houston Cynthia Wood Mitchell Center for the Arts and El Tiempo Cantina with media sponsors Houston Public Media and Houston Chronicle.

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