Sat 6/9 @ 11AM-4PM
The excitement over the annual Parade the Circle has been growing for weeks, as those planning to participate have attended workshops or worked in basements and garages around the city, designing costumes and masks, building puppets and props and floats.
This signature Cleveland event is now in its 29th year. Sponsored by the Cleveland Museum of Art and designed each year by Robin VanLear and her team, this isn’t the typical parade featuring local businesses, politicians, government agencies and high school bands. Instead, families, neighborhood groups, schools, scout troops and other organizations come together to create their own takes on the theme of the year, which this year is “Cadenza.” (Oddly, this refers to a showy solo passage in a piece of classical music, and Parade the Circle is a team affair). Among other things, look for improvisational rock duo Duo Decibel System accompanying performance artist/vocalist Mark Jenks as he appears as “Zuppa Humane.” And of course the oversized puppets and stilt dancers that are a regular feature of this event make their appearance.
The parade steps off from in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art at noon, and circles Wade Oval. Afterwards, there are activities all afternoon on Wade Oval including food, performers and hands-on art activities. It’s all free.