Parade the Circle Leadership Training

Want to participate in the parade but not sure how to get involved? New and seasoned paraders are invited to join us for free workshops to learn the basics of parade ensemble design and construction. Representatives of school and community groups, families, friends, and individuals interested in learning parade skills from professional parade artists may attend six Tuesday evening workshops beginning March 5, 6:309:00 p.m., at the W. 25th Street Lofts (corner of W. 25th Street and Church Avenue, Cleveland, 44113).

Session 1: Conceiving Your Parade Ensemble 

An introduction to different ways to be BIG. View the parade DVD and explore various approaches to designing, organizing, and performing your parade ensemble.

Sessions 2–6: Parade Skills

Each week we will break the ice by experimenting with parade costumes, headpieces, banners, and puppets, exploring ways to "tell a story" moving along a parade route.

Throughout the six weeks, we will introduce techniques for building understructures, finishing surfaces, and creating and embellishing costumes.

Practice stations available each week:

  • Mâché
  • Costuming/embellishment
  • Building understructure (sessions 2–3, March 12, 19: cardboard strip construction; sessions 4–5, March 26, April 2: wire work)

Artist Demos

  • Session 3 (March 19): no-sew costumes and pattern making
  • Session 5 (April 2): painting

For more information and a schedule, contact Community Arts at 216-707-2483 or commartsinfo [at] clevelandart.org. Public parade workshops at the parade tent begin in May and are offered every Wednesday/Friday, 6:00–9:00 p.m., and Saturday/Sunday, 1:30–4:30 p.m., until the parade.