This past weekend was the 25th year of Parade the Circle and we were there!This is the first time for the husband and kids but I was actually in it my senior year of high school, dressed as a medieval bar wench. It was the third year of the parade and it was no where near the crowd that was in attendance this past Saturday.
This free, yearly, event was so much fun for us and from the look of it, this year's parade participants had fun, too. The parade started at Cleveland Museum of Art's north entrance, went all the way around Wade Oval and ended at Cleveland's Natural History Museum. It was three hours long.
The theme, which is just a guide to unify and not required, was honored by all of the wonderful costumes and floats that were creatively made from upcycled materials. They were all truly unique and beautiful.
What makes this parade unique is that it is not just barreling along to an end, but stops, interacts, and shares their experiences with the crowds of people who are watching. There were also no police or volunteers forcing you to stay along the sidewalk so the kids got to be a little closer and the participants included them along the way.
We did not make it the whole three hours (and to the chagrin of our kids) but we did wander over to the circle village where we enjoyed fantastic music, the kids did crafts, and we got to see up close the creations of the day.
The kids even got pictures taken with a stilt walker. There were dozens of these brave, graceful people on stilts.
|Check out that crowd!|