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Puppeteer Mark Jenks participates in parade entry Alebrije ("Magical Vision")

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Parade the Circle Celebration
A Local Legacy

What's that crazy looking animal in the photo? It's a giant puppet in the Parade the Circle celebration in Cleveland, Ohio. This parade urges participants to let their imaginations run wild.

Held the second Saturday of June each year in the University Circle area of Cleveland, this daylong event combines the visual arts, dance, and music. The parade is created by the Cleveland Museum of Art and includes giant puppets, dazzling costumes, floats, and performance ensembles.

Since this parade encourages original, creative ideas, even the marching bands that perform do not appear in their regular uniforms, but dress for a particular theme. About 1,500 people take part in this unique parade.

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