The Fish Parade
The Fish Parade & Arts Festival is an annual procession through Hunts Point connecting the community to the Bronx River. Like shoaling fish, the community marches together in a family-friendly, vibrant celebration. The parade’s vibe combines activism, joy, and community building. Participants often use banners, costumes, and puppets representing marine life. The parade culminates in an arts festival featuring live music, dancing, and art-making. The event is also a platform for Bronx residents and organizations to raise awareness about environmental issues and to advocate for environmental justice.
2023 marks the 20th anniversary of the Fish Parade and Arts Festival. This year’s theme is Rooted Visions. It is an opportunity to honor the achievements and struggles of those who came before us while inspiring us to continue working toward a brighter future.
This year’s celebration includes fish puppets leading the parade. The fish are looking for the Bronx River. As a symbol of hope, life, resilience, and resistance, fish celebrate the ways this community has thrived in the past twenty years and continues to fight.