Shining a Light on This Year’s Bands…

We are very fortunate to have three bands providing music for this year’s River of Light parade. Sambatucada—Burlington’s Brazilian samba-band—have been heading up the parade since we began in 2010 and will once again be treating us with their infectiously cheery rhythms.
And for the second year running, we are delighted to be joined by The Crosset Brook Middle School Junk Band, who will be leading the smaller tributary leaving from Rusty Parker Park on Main Street.
Brass Balagan are new to the River of Light—find them on the deck of The Reservoir Pub at 5pm, after which they’ll be providing some fabulous music at the rear of the parade.

Here’s a little more info in their own words:

SAMBATUCADA! Burlington’s own samba street band is guaranteed to get you moving to our pulsating carnival rhythms.  No one can resist the huge sound of our drummers playing their contagious brand of Afro-Brazilian percussion.  Patterned after Brazilian carnaval percussion orchestras with up to 300 musicians, Sambatucada! is a Vermont scale version of the traditional community baterias and blocos of Rio de Janeiro and Salvador.  Founded in 1995, Sambatucada! has become well known all over northern and central Vermont for exciting performances at parades, festivals, community events and celebrations of every conceivable variety. Hear us on Facebook and ReverbNation, or visit us at


Brass Balagan is a radical street band from Burlington, VT.  Founded in 2010, we demand the elimination of all evil.  We perform mainly for anti-imperialist causes, but are also available for birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, shopping mall ribbon-cutting ceremonies, corporate functions, and gun shows. We are eternally recruiting new members. Please find us on Facebook
Brass Balagan

The River of Light 2016!

The 2016 River of Light in Waterbury is over! On behalf of Gowri, MK and Angelo, we would like to thank everyone who helped to make our 7th lantern parade such an incredible success. Firstly to all of you–students, parents, workshop participants, artists, walkers and spectators–for providing the light, energy and joy. Also thanks to Deb Fowler, Waterbury’s Rec. Director for the festivities at Dac Rowe.

We can’t forget our musicians: a big thank you Sambatucada, Brass Balagan, and The Crossett Brook Middle School Junk Band for providing such fabulous music, and also to Ignis Solus for a terrific fiery finale.
We had groups of volunteers including students from Norwich University, students from Harwood Union High School, and a whole host of community volunteers who gave their time, energy and commitment. Thanks also to the police and fire department for helping to ensure everyone stayed safe on the night.

Finally, we couldn’t do it without our sponsors, supporters and local businesses who helped to make it a parade to remember.
Heartfelt thanks to you all for your continued support and for celebrating the change of season in such spectacular fashion. With love and light ❤

River of Light in Pictures…Parade Night!

Here they are at last–these amazing photographs have been taken by photographer, Gordon Miller. If you are interested in purchasing prints, please do so directly from his website (link to the right). Enjoy!