The Cleveland Museum Celebrating 20 Years of “Parade the Circle”
Each year our local museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, provides the community the opportunity to participate in their "Parade the Circle". This event brings international artists from many South and Central American countries together to learn and create fanciful parade devises. The programs offers technical support and help to anyone who registers to find ways to create artfull things to bring to this regional parade.
It is not juried, so many classes and groups just come to bring a festive colorful idea to the yearly parade. The museum finds creative people within the United States who also offer help sharing their skills to all who want to partake.
This brings so many good folks together the outcome is always fantastic!
The program has run for 20 years and this year is my 10th year of being involved. Now it is the highlight for the beginning of each summer.
This art parade has brought a community together, 20 to 30 thousand people to watch and partake in the event. Our local museum has a rich history of great events, performances by artists, many donating their time to create this exciting event.
Look to the Cleveland Art Museum's website for all the information, it allows anyone to participate!
This parade device is a large puppet, The Hippogrif, a greek mythology "superhero". The hippogrif has wings that flap, head that turns, each leg moves, and at important spots rears up as in this picture to wow the crowd!
This parade device is a large puppet, created in three weeks prior to the parade day, on the grounds of the Cleveland Museum and the adjoining University Circle grounds. Ann Cubberly, an artist of puppet-master from Hartford Con. was hired to come to Cleveland bringing with her expertise in creating large fun and colorful parade floats. Anne works assist artists and community groups to accomplish what they want to create for the parade. Ann and I brainstormed to bring my ideas to life. We worked together, with my skills as a sculptor and hers as puppet master we collaborated to build and create this 15ft tall walking puppet! The Hippogrif, is a greek mythology "superhero", recently seen in movies like the Harry Potter movies, there it rescues one of the people in that movie. Here we just wanted something big and simple and one that moves and comes alive for the parade . So the hippogrif has wings that flap, head that turns, each leg moves, and at important spots rears up as in this picture to wow the crowd! I have kept this creature and it continues to delight crowds used it in other local parades. This past year Cleveland held a Winterfest, and after being featured at Cleveland's City Hall the city then asked me to bring it to the annual winter parade.blog comments powered by Disqus