The River Clyde Pageant is a community-created, traveling performance that tells a fantastical story about the history of a tidal river and the environmental issues affecting the sustainability of all Prince Edward Island waterways.
The first River Clyde Pageant, in 2016, received a remarkable level of community participation and overwhelmingly positive response. On two July evenings, almost three hundred people traveled along the banks of the River Clyde in New Glasgow, Prince Edward Island. As the Pageant unfolded, the audience was joined by great blue herons, a giant trout puppet, a school of luminous jellyfish, bridge-dwelling trolls, gossipy mermaids, an Acadian fisherman rowing a dory, and a Mi’kmaq drum group. They told the story of the river at the heart of the community and the lives and livelihoods entwined with it. When the performance was over, the audience, performers and volunteers shared a meal on the lawn of The Mill Restaurant, as the sun set over the river.
The 2017 River Clyde Pageant will begin public workshops in June, rehearsals in July, and performances will take place on July 29-30 and August 4-6.