(Providence, RI) -- The first full Waterfire Providence lighting honors frontline workers and first responders. On Saturday night thousands of visitors were present at Waterplace Park for a full lighting event. The next comes up in October. Artistic Director Barnaby Evans says they limited the participation of torch bearing first responders to a hundred or so just to be on the safe side. Among the many on Saturday was a vocal group protesting Governor Dan McKee's COVID-19 vaccination mandate for healthcare workers.