Parade the Circle Participation

Parade the Circle Participation

Individuals, families, schools, neighborhood groups, and community organizations are all invited to participate by creating a handmade parade entry. Participants may create on their own or at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s public workshops. 

Parade Registration

All parade participants must be registered

  • $5 per child (under 18)
  • $10 per adult

Community Arts Center FREE Workshops

(2937 West 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113; free parking off Castle Avenue)

Free workshops designed to introduce the parade to interested participants are held at the Community Arts Center (CAC). Artists provide examples of past parade ensembles, discuss design elements, and talk through initial ideas.

  • Saturday, April 20, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 21, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

To reserve a spot, email

Parade Tent Public Workshops

(The workshops require purchase of a workshop pass.)

(East Bell Commons, 11141 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106)

Participants can create costumes, masks, and giant puppets made with the assistance of staff artists at all public workshops (nine total) in the parade tent. A one-time fee entitles you to attend all workshops. 

  • Saturdays and Sundays, May 11–June 2, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 4, 6:00–9:00 p.m. 

Parade Tent Workshop Pass

A workshop pass allows the pass holder entry to all public workshops at the parade tent. 

  • The pass does not include the parade registration fee. 
  • All members of a group including pass holders must register for the parade.

Workshop pass: $50/person

2024 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 advocate for or against a particular political or religious belief.
  • Be inspired by the CMA’s collection! However, reproducing sacred objects or images and the appropriation of symbols of other cultures is not allowed. If you are in doubt, museum staff are happy to discuss with you.
  • 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.


All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Major annual support is provided by Brenda and Marshall Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Fortney, David and Robin Gunning, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, Gail C. and Elliott L. Schlang, and the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation. Generous annual support is provided by Gini and Randy Barbato, the M. E. and F. J. Callahan Foundation, Char and Chuck Fowler, the Giant Eagle Foundation, the Lloyd D. Hunter Memorial Fund, Marta Jack and the late Donald M. Jack Jr., Bill and Joyce Litzler, the Logsdon Family Fund for Education, William J. and Katherine T. O’Neill, Mandi Rickelman, Betty T. and David M. Schneider, the Sally and Larry Sears Fund for Education Endowment, Roy Smith, Paula and Eugene Stevens, the Trilling Family Foundation, and the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

    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.