Puppeteer Mark Jenks participates in parade entry Alebrije ("Magical Vision") Photo: Diane Hansson
Parade the Circle Celebration
Held the second Saturday of June each year in
the University Circle area of Cleveland, this day-long event
integrates the visual arts, dance, and music. A parade created
by the Cleveland Museum of Art is the centerpiece, with giant
puppets, dazzling costumes, floats, and performance ensembles.
The presentation emphasizes original artistic expression,
using none of the words, logos, motorized vehicles, or live
animals that are typical of parade entries. Even marching
groups do not appear in their regular uniforms, but are
creatively transformed to reflect a particular theme. The
parade lasts about an hour and includes about 1,500
participants. The rest of the celebration is called the Wade
Oval Festivities, named after the Wade Oval Green where it
takes place from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. More than 30 hands-on
activities for children are held under tents. Each
participating University Circle institution plans a creative
tent activity reflecting its mission, such as "Musical
Discovery: It's Instrumental" by the Cleveland Orchestra and
the Cleveland Music School Settlement. In addition to these
activities, a variety of entertainment appealing to all ages
and musical tastes takes place on three stages.
Project materials include seven pages of text, five 8
x 10 color photos and fifteen color slides with accompanying
descriptions, a map, flyers and programs from the 1996-1999
parades, a video of the 1997 parade, and a poster from the 1999
Originally submitted by: Mike Dewine , Senator.
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