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The Cleveland Museum of Art Presents: Parade the Circle

exterior of the CMA building

The Signature Family Event of Northeast Ohio Returns June 13


The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle returns on June 13. This 26th annual celebration art parade will fill Wade Oval with lively sounds and colors, featuring innovative costumes, giant puppets and handmade masks created by international and national artists as well as Greater Cleveland artists, families, schools and community groups. This year’s theme, BEAT: to beat, to breathe, to create celebrates the beat; the engine of our being.

“In developing our theme, our initial interest was in the word animal and then the word animate,” said Robin VanLear, Community Arts Director, Cleveland Museum of Art. “Both words come from anima, meaning ‘spirit, soul, breath or mind.’ We then looked up the word spirit, discovering its roots are virtually the same, spiritus, ‘breath’ and spirare, to ‘breathe.’ Our discussions of these overlapping meanings led to the question, what is behind the breath, what is our driving force? Our answer was the beat. We felt this single word exemplified the shared energy among all living beings, human, or other animal.”

Parade the Circle will begin at noon from the Cleveland Museum of Art and will proceed in a counter clockwise direction around Wade Oval until it spills into the Oval in front of the art museum. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors are invited to participate in many hands-on activities offered by local organizations in Circle Village, presented by University Circle Inc. There is no price for admission to the Parade or to Circle Village.

*More information about featured artists to come.

Join the Parade

Parade participation is open to anyone, but registration of $6 per person is required. Register for all workshops or the parade during any public workshop. To be listed in the printed program, register by Sunday, May 24, 2015. For questions, call Community Arts at 216-707-2483 or e-mail

2015 Public Workshops
Create your parade entry at public workshops at the museum. A workshop pass (individuals $60; families $175 up to 4 people, $30 each additional person) entitles you to attend all workshops. Workshops are open to all ages; children under 15 must register and attend with someone older. Registration fees include parade entry fee. Group rates and scholarship assistance are available.

Artists assist participants in making masks, costumes and giant puppets using papier-mâché, cloth and recycled materials. Public workshops begin May 1, 2015 and continue until the parade on June 13:

Fridays, May 1–June 12, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Saturdays, May 2–June 6, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Sundays, May 3–June 7, 1:30–4:30 p.m.



2015 Stilt Weekend
Try walking on stilts. Stilt artists show you how. Free to all, priority to pass holders; children must be at least 10 years old.

Saturday, May 16, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 17, 1:30–4:30 p.m.

Pass holders without stilts may order them only during stilt weekend: $75–$90. Keep your stilts after safety training.

2015 Stilt Dancing for Paraders
Learn stilt safety, tying and the art of dancing on stilts. Free with workshop pass.

Saturdays, May 23–June 6, 1:30–4:30 p.m. (novice)
Sundays, May 24–June 7, 1:30–4:30 p.m. (advanced)

For questions, call Community Arts at 216–707–2483 or email

Parade the Circle is presented by the Cleveland Museum of Art. Circle Village is presented by University Circle Inc. For more information about Parade the Circle, visit For more information about the museum, its holdings, programs and events, call 888-CMA-0033 or visit

Contact the Museum's Media Relations Team:
(216) 707-2261