Santana and the Trout Parade One of these things is different from the other
June 18, 2014 —
With two such disparate events on my schedule last weekend, I was stymied on how to draw them together here. “What’s the hook?” I whispered to the pup (www.facebook.com/DharmaTheWonderDog) “What could the Livingston Manor Trout Parade and a world-class musical ensemble (www.santana.com) possibly have in common?” The fishy cavalcade, (www.facebook.com/troutparade) now in its 11th year, has snowballed into an event that is not to be missed, and judging by the huge crowd it attracted last Saturday, the word has spread. This year’s theme, “Steampunk,” was embraced by many, whether on the sidelines or dancing down Main Street in the Manor, as onlookers cheered. While manning the booth (www.facebook.com/theriverreporter) and taking pics of you all, the question arose repeatedly: “Steampunk? What is it?” While I had a general idea (the term has only been floating around since the mid-‘90s), I turned to the Internet for clarification. “Steampunk is a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan ‘What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.’ It includes fiction with science fiction, fantasy or horror themes” (www.urbandictionary.com). While there was nothing “horrific” on view during the parade, the many interpretations of the theme were evident in costumes, geegaws, cogs and wheels, as revelers mixed the fish with mermaids, beauty queens, high school bands and food, which again poses the question. Santana? How do these things correlate?