Update: This event has been rescheduled to 7 p.m. April 20.
Have you noticed the metal dragon perched on the grass at Stevenson Park in Pleasant Ridge?
You may have seen the 11-foot statue while driving past the park, where it has been residing since April 6.
The dragon - designed by Michigan metal artist Keith Coleman - is part of the legend surrounding Saint Jordi Day, a famous celebration in Catalonia, Spain, on April 23 and the inspiration for the Ferndale Public Library's upcoming Day of Books and Roses Festival on April 22.
The dragon was set to breathe fire last week, however the event was postponed.
The public will be invited to watch Coleman light the sculpture, which is made out of water heaters, and see the dragon shoot three-foot flames for 30 to 40 minutes. Guests will be welcome to dress up as princesses, dragon slayers or other related costumes for the event, which will be held at Stevenson Park (just south of I-696 on the west side of Woodward).
According to the library, Ferndale resident Elie Boudt - who owns Elie Wine in Royal Oak - and his wife Núria Garrote, who is from Catalonia, first introduced Metro-Detroiters to the Saint Jordi Day celebration in 2006 at Book Beat in Oak Park. The event was so successful that Boudt and his wife eventually brought it to the Ferndale Public Library.
According to legend, Sant Jordi (St. George) famously slayed a dragon to save a princess and gave her a rose that bloomed from the dragon’s blood. This day became Sant Jordi Day (“La Diada de Sant Jordi”), a famous celebration in Catalonia. People stroll the streets filled with booksellers and flower stalls to buy a rose, a book, or both, to give to loved ones.
The dragon is currently on display at the park at no cost to the city of Pleasant Ridge. For more information, contact the library at 248-546-2504.