Parade the Circle participants
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Parade the Circle

Saturday, June 10, 2023
Parade kicks off at 12:00 p.m. at the north entrance of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Parade the Circle, one of Cleveland’s most impactful cultural events, is an annual art parade that fills Wade Oval with lively sounds and colors, featuring innovative costumes, giant puppets, and handmade masks created by artists, families, schools, and community groups. Watching the parade is free for all.

Individuals, families, schools, and neighborhood and community groups are all invited to participate. Create your parade entry on your own or at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s public workshops.

Parade the Circle 2023 Theme

TRANSFORMATION (Dragonfly ǀ Libélula)

It has been three years since the pandemic struck our planet. As we strive to regain normalcy, we are all looking for a positive moment of transformation; a formula to bring us together again contains hope, change, new beginnings, prosperity—a new way to celebrate life!

The dragonfly, or libélula, holds spiritual symbolism with people of many cultures across the world, and after 300 million years, this fascinating insect still coexists with us. The life cycle of the dragonfly, egg to nymph to adult dragonfly, also represents transformation or change. Let the dragonfly serve as a reminder that we all need change in our lives to grow, self-reflect, and adapt to any environment or circumstance we may face. 

The dragonfly also symbolizes strength, joy, creativity, and happiness. We encourage you to take the dragonfly as inspiration and make the most of each moment in your life.

Let’s celebrate!

Héctor Castellanos Lara, Lead Artist, Parade the Circle

Parade Registration

$5 per child under 18

$10 per adult

Email commartsinfo [at] for more information.

Prepaid parking in the CMA garage is not available on this day. A special event parking rate of $20 will apply—cash and credit cards are accepted at the garage entrance.

Workshops at the Parade Tent in May and June

Participants can create costumes, masks, and giant puppets made with the assistance of staff artists at up to nine public workshops in the parade tent. A one-time fee entitles you to attend all workshops and includes parade registration for all pass holders. Workshops are open to all ages; however, children 15 and under must register and attend with someone 16 or older.

  • Location: Parade tent (East Bell Commons, 11141 East Boulevard., Cleveland, OH 44106)
  • Workshop Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, May 13–June 4, 1:00–4:00 p.m., and Wednesday, June 7, 6:00–9:00 p.m. 
  • Workshop Pass: A workshop pass allows the pass holder entry to all public workshops at the parade tent and includes the parade registration fee. (For a group of pass holders, any additional members without a pass must register for the parade separately.)
  • Cost: first three participants in your group $50/person; additional participants $25/person

Email commartsinfo [at] for more information.

Volunteer opportunities abound—whether it’s helping an artist or a group with their parade ensemble, donating materials to the parade, or assisting on the parade day. Help is always welcomed. Please email volunteer [at] for more information regarding the volunteer opportunities for Parade the Circle.

2023 Parade the Circle Guidelines

  • Everyone must be in costume, including parents, guardians, and staff accompanying children.
  • All entries must be handmade and people powered. Motorized vehicles (other than wheelchairs) and live animals (other than service animals) are not permitted. 
  • No written words are allowed.
  • Entries should not propagandize a particular political or religious belief.
  • Entries and costumes must be noncommercial. No identifiable logos are allowed. No T-shirts with words, registered trademarks, logos, or cartoon characters may be worn. Uniforms representing organized teams, troops, or school or civic organizations may not be worn.
  • No distribution of leaflets or flyers is allowed during the parade or along the parade route.
  • Children under 15 must be accompanied by someone older.
  • All parade participants participate at their own risk. Written waivers are required for all participants.

Circle Village at University Circle

Before, during, and after the parade, Circle Village, located on Wade Oval and presented by University Circle Inc., will have tons of hands-on activities for all ages, live music, and delectable food.

All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Major annual support is provided by the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Generous annual support is provided by Brenda and Marshall Brown, Florence Kahane Goodman, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, and the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation. Additional annual support is provided by Gail Bowen in memory of Richard L. Bowen, the M. E. and F. J. Callahan Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Chapman Jr., Char and Chuck Fowler, the Giant Eagle Foundation, the Logsdon Family Fund for Education, Roy Smith, and the Trilling Family Foundation. 

The Cleveland Museum of Art is funded in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Education programs are supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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