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Parade the Circle and Circle Village

Presented by The Cleveland Museum of Art & University Circle Inc.

Saturday, June 10, 2023 10:00AM —
Saturday, June 10, 2023 4:00PM

Parade the Circle and Circle Village

Join Us!

Saturday, June 10, 2023
10:00AM - 4:00PM
Wade Oval
10820 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

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Event Program

The 31st Annual Parade the Circle and Circle Village is BACK to kick off summer in the Circle!

The Parade, which begins at Noon at the north entrance of the museum, fills Wade Oval with colorful costumes, puppets, masks, and more created by local individuals and groups. New this year is the addition of Lead Artist, Héctor Castellanos Lara. This year’s theme is TRANSFORMATION (Dragonfly ǀ Libélula); a symbolic reminder that change is needed to grow. ADA seating will be available at the corner of Hazel Drive and East Boulevard on the Cleveland History Center property.

Before, during and after the Parade, Circle Village on Wade Oval will have tons of hands-on activities for all ages from local nonprofits and institutions, live music, and delectable food.

Temporary street closures for the event will be in place surrounding Wade Oval from approximately 9 am to 4 pm. Visit the "Getting Here" event section for more information.

Jump To: Bands Activity Partners Food Vendors Around the Circle


11:30 AM - Taylor Lamborn Band
2:30 PM - Councilman Conwell & The Footprints


Cleveland Botanical Garden
Tree Cookie Craft: Make necklaces with wooden dragonfly pendants that you can color and customize! Lawn activities will also be out for families.

Greater Cleveland Aquarium
Parrotfish Transformation: Parrotfish transform to different colors and patterns as they progress through their life cycle. Kids can decorate their fish with the colorful pattern for whichever life phase they choose.

P.A.L.S. for Healing
Art Therapy Transforms - Participants can use fabric paint, stencils, stamps, and markers to symbolize their transformation onto a kitchen towel or a green bag to take home.

Centers for Dialysis Care / Cleveland MOTTEP
Create a Colorful Dragonfly - Transform an ordinary household item into a lovely colorful dragonfly! Learn about organ transplantation and how to become a potential organ donor.

Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services
Trivia Wheel - Come spin the wheel and see how smart you are and if you measure up to your friends.

University Circle UMC
Postcards for Loved Ones - Design your own postcard to send a message to someone special.

Cleveland History Center
Let Your Voice Be Heard: Using Your Power to Create Positive Change - Be a catalyst for positive change in your community and beyond by advocating for the issues that are important to you. Whether it's standing up for the rights of marginalized groups, protecting the environment, or working towards greater social and economic equality, you have the power to make a positive impact on the world around you. In the rich history of Cleveland, there are countless examples of individuals who have used their voices and actions to bring about meaningful change. From Fannie Lewis and Lana Moresky to Jane Daroff, Jane Edna Hunter, Carl Stokes, and Garrett Morgan, these trailblazers have left an indelible mark on our city and continue to inspire us to this day.

Now, it's your turn to take up the mantle and be a force for good in your own community. Use this poster as a canvas to express your vision for a better future. Let your creativity and imagination soar as you imagine a world where everyone is valued and respected, where justice and equity reign supreme, and where the planet is cherished and protected for generations to come. Together, we can create a brighter tomorrow for ourselves and for future generations. So go ahead, decorate this poster with your dreams and aspirations, and let your voice be heard!

Say Yes! Cleveland
Decorate Your Own Mask - Decorate your own mask is a fun and creative experience that will give participants an opportunity for self-expression and personal style. Parade attendees are encouraged to express their artistic abilities and embrace their individuality by choosing from a dragonfly, butterfly, or an eye mask to decorate with vibrant explosions of color or an intricate and delicate design.

Sears think[box] x Zygote Press
Print Parade - Sears think[box] and Zygote work together to make letterpress prints! Participants will get a chance to print their own mini-zine cover on Zygote's Kelsey press using a printing block made using think[box]s CNC machine. After printing their covers, participants can assemble a blank book to write down all their ideas! Zygote will also have several CNC-routed type-high blocks available for parade-goers to view, and will also bring the Printmaking Suitcase, an educational tool that explains several printmaking processes. This includes examples of each process that participants can touch, as well as postcard take-away examples of RISO, intaglio, screen printing, and relief printing.

Cleveland Montessori
Transforming from Seed to Flower: The Lifestyle of a Sunflower - Participants will be able to trace the lifecycle of a sunflower from seed to sprout to full bloom with a fun sequencing activity to color, cut and glue! Use a magnifying glass to look at a sunflower close up! Plant a seed to bring home in a compostable cup with directions for planting outdoors. Spend the rest of the summer watching the seed sprout, grow and bloom. Collect the seeds from the plant to start all over again next year!

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Dinos, Dunk & Other Devonian Fish - Join the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and become one of your favorite dinosaurs! Make a Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus rex, or Parasaurolophus mask to wear around the festival or color pictures of some of the animal ambassadors that live at the Museum. Plus, touch a real dinosaur fossil and learn about Ohio's state fossil fish, Dunkleosteus!

The Cleveland Orchestra
Instrument Discovery - Visit The Cleveland Orchestra’s booth at Parade the Circle to learn more about our programs and upcoming events, bring home Cleveland Orchestra-branded merchandise, and take part in our Instrument Discovery activity. Discover your inner musician by trying out orchestral instruments!

The Music Settlement
Music Discovery - Join The Music Settlement for interactive musical activities and instrument discovery, organizational material and community engagement information.

University Circle Inc.'s Community Education Team
Greetings from Wade Oval. Use fun stickers and colorful Washi tape to create a postcard memento of Parade the Circle to send to yourself at home OR Create a postcard to share your experience today with a friend or relative.

CWRU Neighborhood Advisory Council
The Blending of Colors - Create a masterpiece in seconds when you mix pigmentation with circulation. We'll show you how salad spinners + beautiful paint colors = a unique and beautiful result!

Women's Council at The Cleveland Museum of Art
Fanciful Dragonflies - We will transform clothespins and pipe cleaners into fanciful dragonflies.

Cleveland Public Library - Cleveland READS!
Storytime and Drumming, Craft and Button Making

  • 11:00-11:30 am - Kamishibai Reading and Drumming by Dr. Raquel Ortiz and Olga Rosado
  • 1:00-1:30 pm - Kamishibai Reading by Dr. Raquel Ortiz
  • 1:30-3:00 pm - Twister Girl will provide balloon twisting
  • 2:30-4:00 pm - Face Painting
  • All-day craft – Pipe cleaner dragonfly and button making

Book Box: The Cleveland Public Library Book Box at Wade Oval is a mini library that offers books and heirloom seed packets for checkout, library card registration, activities and crafts along with this year's Cleveland READS registration. Cleveland READS registration Cleveland Goal: In 2023, Clevelanders will collectively read One Million Books or Ten Million Minutes. Everyone who registers for Cleveland READS will receive a FREE book to get them started with the reading challenge. Seed Library In collaboration with the Cleveland Seed Bank, the Seed Library at Cleveland Public Library strive to preserve biodiversity and to promote local, heirloom varieties of plants. The Seed Library allows you to “check out” a packet of heirloom seeds, grow your own heritage vegetables or flowers, save seeds from the best plants, and then lend them to a friend or neighbor, participate in a “seed swap,” or use them yourself next year.

Hawken School
Button Making Station - Get creative and design your very own personalized button!

moCa Cleveland
Team: A Piece of Us (...cont'd) - Participants will be able to design their own puzzle piece that resembles an expression of themselves, led by Teen Engagement Ambassadors at moCa (TEAM), the teen residency at Museum of Contemporary Art (moCa) Cleveland.

Literacy Cooperative
Creative Art, Literacy Inspired Activities - Art activities with pipecleaners or upcycled pages & covers of damaged books. Free books for young children while supplies last and for all Ohio families with children under age 5, sign up for free monthly books mailed to your home from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Global Wellness Day
Jump Rope Demonstrations & Activities - Healthy Jumping activity will be offered to build a healthy community with a simple jump rope challenge.

Art of Me Productions
Making Movies - Participants will have an opportunity to win movie tickets for the youth feature films Stream This! Film and Time out the movie, opening weekend at Shaker Square Theater. These films feature over 300 local youth. Participants can purchase movie memorbilia, double dutch jump ropes for the opening weekend or raffle tickets to win a variety of prizes including go carts featured in the movie.

Cleveland Department of Public Utilities

  • Cleveland Water - Cornhole
  • Cleveland Public Power - Energy Wheel & Bingo
  • Water Pollution Control - Plinko Fun

Spectrum News 1
Stop by and learn about the Spectrum News 1 and enjoy giveaways!

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  • NAICCO Cuisine
  • French Fries & Funnel Cakes
  • Pop Culture
  • Kernels by Chrissie
  • Beckham's B&M BBQ
  • Rascal House Pizza UC
  • Glacier Concessions
  • Deal's Fresh Lemonade
  • Odd Dog Coffee
  • Cleveland Fish & Seafood Co.


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