Photos: PEN Festival Parade of Illuminations

The global literature festival inspires a bookish march.

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We'd normally call an event that ripped out pages from books blasphemous, but the result was both beautiful and inspiring at the PEN Festival's opening Parade of Illuminations. Working with the Processional Arts Workshop (the same company that creates over-the-top skeletons for the Village Halloween Parade), organizers invited participants to carry their literary-inspired marionettes down the High Line at dusk. The effect—part paper lantern party and part puppet theater—turned the elevated park into a whimsical landscape where literature truly came to life.

 

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