If you don’t know who Kitty Glitter is and you live in Utica, NY, I think it’s possible that you’ve been under a rock. She is adorable, she is active, she is excited, and she’s everywhere! One of the places she will most definitely be, I am pleased to report, is frolicking around the Utica Greens Festival the weekend of the UMAF.
Perhaps you’ve seen photographs in various social media (as well as this humble blog) of sweet little green hearts with our “I ❤ U” slogan on them. Maybe you think that once you cross the sidewalk onto Varick Street on festival weekend that these magically appear, unable to be removed until your fond memories of the event itself fade with time. But no! We have not yet arranged for this manifested UMAF stigmata and until then, Kitty Glitter is the primary being responsible for this heart warming tradition.
Do not try to escape her, she is fun, and she will find you and ink you up! You’ll see her coming (it’s the tail) props a-plenty trailing behind her and a smile from…ear to ear. If you have kids with you, they are in for a treat. However if you are meandering around the street and make eye contact, prepare for some laughter and joy to blow your way. Musicians are not immune!
Kitty Glitter sets up shop at the Glitter Box and is available for a variety of merrymaking. You’ll see her with the Derby Gals and Guys, too, as Kitty Glitter is the illustrious, official cheerleader of the Utica Derby!