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Pronk Fest an anti-Columbus Day parade

Just don't call it a Columbus Day parade: Hundreds of people were marching through downtown Providence for a street party meant to be a raucous alternative to the federal and state holiday.

Revelers gathered late Monday afternoon and evening for the Providence Honk Festival, better known as Pronk, an annual celebration of street music and social activism.

Brass bands and other performers led marchers on a 1-mile parade route through downtown streets.

The festival describes itself as a "heartfelt antidote to mainstream culture" and a celebration of resistance to consumerism, colonialism, hatred and injustice.

The Providence festival began in 2008 as a spinoff of the Honk festival that originated in Somerville, Massachusetts, in 2006. Several other cities now have similar events.

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