Giant inflatable aquatic puppets to dazzle Rochester crowds at Fringe Festival

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(Photo: Joel Verhoustraten / KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - On the first weekend of the 2019 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival, a French street theatre company will make its return to downtown Rochester with its giant inflatable puppets.

Plasticiens Volants will have two performances of its new show Pearl: Secrets of the Sea on September 13 and 14.

The shows start at 8 p.m. and transform public spaces into a giant aquarium. A 60-foot-whale will be among the creatures floating down Chestnut and Main Streets. People watching the show will be treated to inflatable puppets of a sea serpent and an octopus.

This marks the second year at the Rochester Fringe Festival for Plasticiens Volants.

“Street theater is an excellent way to bond a community and we are proud to help support this project," said Cultural Attaché Laurent Clavel, head of the Visual & Performing Arts Department in Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

There are more than 570 performances at more than 20 venues in Rochester for the 12-day festival.

The festival is slated to run from September 10-21.

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