"Bob. . . the Fish!" Kids and adults are brainstorming funny names for my 'pet' fish, a shiny mitten puppet accenting the teal river costume I've fashioned with Liam Breck. At the 4th annual River Revel, I'm sparkly as the Spirit of the Chelsea Creek. I encourage everyone to pet my fish and some children say its smooth, slippery fabric feels like a real fish. Some adults say it looks tasty!
Chelsea Creek is a waterway between East Boston and Chelsea used for transporting oil tankers. Once a year, its Meridian Street drawbridge closes to trucks and teems with musicians and community arts and advocacy groups. Changing to stilts, I join a parade of families waving tall fish and singing an environmental message: "See Green, Hear Green, Speak Green!"