Best Of 2018

Best Excuse to Buy Glow Sticks: BLINK Parade

"Homecoming (Blue Birds)"
click to enlarge "Homecoming (Blue Birds)" - HAILEY BOLLINGER
Hailey Bollinger
"Homecoming (Blue Birds)"

Yes, the BLINK festival itself was great, but the parade that kicked off the four-day light-show celebration was truly something to behold. Streets overflowed with spectators from all over the city and beyond who came to watch more than 2,000 participants fully embrace their weird and get legit lit on a Thursday night in Over-the-Rhine. No, really. Lighting up in some capacity was a requirement for the parade entrants. DANCEFIX members dressed like glowing unicorns. Visionaries + Voices contributed larger-than-life fantastical characters; New School elementary students made lanterns. Marching bands, art collectives, civic groups, choral groups and many, many more participated in the nighttime parade, supported by battery packs and LEDs, with Cincinnati’s favorite funky bassist Bootsy Collins and wife Patti leading the whole crazy, raucous, good-hearted, brightly lit shebang. BLINK, blinkcincinnati.com.