June 26, 2003
Children could make hats and instruments, feel animal pelts and get some ice cream. Parade participants are a mixture of school and community organizations. Free training workshops in parade skills are offered to group leaders a few months before the parade. This allows a wide range of participants to do their best in designing and preparing their parade exhibit. Participants ranged from people in wheel chairs dressed up like elephants to students on stilts to dance troops with steel drums. The theme of the Parade was "Springs among Stones" and each group was encouraged to make floats or wear costumes expressing this theme. Several ethnic dance groups paraded including African dancers and belly dancers. We saw dragons, skeletons, unicorns, medieval sprites, and even walking works or art. Some of the floats were huge skeletons, elephants and men. The parade emanated a small-town feel even though Cleveland is a large city.
From journal Safaris, parades, dinosaurs . . . the culture of Cleveland