On the afternoon of Saturday, June 8, Wade Oval will come alive with color, art, music, and creativity. The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle is Greater Cleveland’s signature summer event and it is just around the corner. In anticipation of our annual celebration, we spoke with two of Parade the Circle’s veteran staff for a behind-the-scenes look at how this one-of-a-kind event comes together.
Parade the Circle
If you’ve visited Wade Oval in recent weeks, you may have noticed the large white tent that took up residence next to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in late April. This is the Cleveland Museum of Art’s parade workshop tent, an annual fixture that serves as a home base for guest artists, community groups, and families and individuals participating in Parade the Circle.
Every spring, Sawsan Alhaddad looks forward to the Cleveland Museum of Art's Parade the Circle. She has participated in the event for more than 20 years. She started to participate when her daughter Sarah was six years old and it’s been an annual tradition for them since. They only missed last year because of Sarah’s wedding.
"For us, it always meant that summer has started. The Parade was the first thing she did when school was out. She gained confidence by participating in the Parade each year. We have a lot of great memories."
The museumpresents the 18th annual Winter Lights Lantern Festival on view now through January 16. The lanterns are displayed outside on Wade Oval, inside the museum, and for the first time, on the new east wing terrace. Inspired by cross-cultural ceremonial lighting traditions, the community arts festival is a seasonal museum celebration.
In preparation for the Cleveland Museum of Art's Parade the Circle, stilt walkers practice their moves. Don't forget: Parade the Circle is Saturday, June 11. Parade begins at noon, and Circle Village will be open on Wade Oval from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. See you at the Parade!
As they prepare for the Cleveland Museum of Art’s 2011 Parade the Circle, six guest artists sprawl their talents out across the large outdoor tent, combining sculpture, painting, scenic design, construction, and clothing design to collaborate on the three giant puppets that will tell the Hindu myth of Shakuntala, the love story of a cursed princess.
We're just 3 weeks away from the Parade the Circle 2011 on Saturday, June 11 at noon. The guest artists are already in town and parade participants are busy crafting creations in the tent. Enjoy some highlights from last year in this video.
In this new series, we will periodically be sharing sounds that give a behind the scenes perspective of all that is going on at the museum. First up, check out this sound from Parade the Circle 2010.