On June 9, 2018, we had a great day that we want to share with you. This blog post includes 152 tweets from before and during the Cleveland Museum of Art's (@ClevelandArt) Parade the Circle, and from our evening activities on the Cleveland Metroparks' (@CleveMetroparks) waterfront. Writing this post reminds us of the fun we had, and we hope it encourages others to explore these and related activities in the future.
Parade the Circle 29th Year!
We used to attend the Cleveland Museum of Art's (@ClevelandArt) Parade the Circle together each year, but the last couple of years, Julie has attended with friends, since Stuart was not available. Stuart has missed this great event in recent years, since it occurs near National Trails Day® (@AmericanHiking - #NationalTrailsDay), which Stuart usually spends backpacking on the Appalachian Trail (@AT_Conservancy). This year, on June 9, 2018, we were able to attend the Parade the Circle together again in Cleveland's University Circle (@InTheCircle), and wanted to share our experience and photos from our @sos_jr tweets and retweets.
If you never attended Parade the Circle, it is a must-attend Cleveland event! Here is the Museum's official "About Parade the Circle" announcement explaining how the parade is celebrating its 29th year in 2018!
June 9, 2018, Parade at noon, Circle Village 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
All parade workshops are held in the parade tent (11150 East Blvd., corner of Wade Oval Dr. and East Blvd., in the former CIA parking lot)
For 29 years, the Cleveland Museum of Art has been bringing this FREE signature summer event to Greater Cleveland. University Circle comes alive with color, music, and art for all ages. International and national guest artists join Greater Cleveland artists, families, schools, and community groups in a spectacular display of bright costumes, giant puppets, stilt dancers, handmade masks, and colorful floats. Circle Village, which includes activities, entertainment, and food, is presented by University Circle Inc.
2018 Parade the Circle: Cadenza, a flourish of individual creativity
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Parade at 12 noon
Circle Village 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
In the 29-year history of the parade, there has never been rain during the parade. This year, there were some sprinkles before the parade, but the record of no rain held, as the weather improved by the time the parade actually started. After the parade, at the Circle Village event, the skies brightened up even more, to create a sunny day.
Be sure to see the articles listed at the end of this blog, in the "What Others Say" section, with more information about Parade the Circle. Note that Cleveland Scene (@ClevelandScene) photographer Emanuel Wallace (@MannyWallace) caught a photo of Stuart at the end of the event.
Tweets before Parade the Circle
#DidYouKnow Parade the Circle & Circle Village will be celebrating its 29th year this weekend?! This free, family-friendly event is proudly sponsored by our friends at @PNCBank! Come out and enjoy the fun! #InTheCircle pic.twitter.com/kBYAn9waAJ— University Circle (@inthecircle) June 4, 2018
Things are coming together here at the #ParadeTheCircle tent! Weâ€™ll see you this Saturday at 10am on Wade Oval for amazing art, beautiful music & great activities at Circle Village! pic.twitter.com/ElzoGNi12A— University Circle (@inthecircle) June 4, 2018
Weâ€™re just 5 short days away from Parade the Circle and Circle Village! Weâ€™d like to give a special S/O to our friends at @clepublicpower, @ClevelandWater and @CleWPC for their partnership in making this event fun & safe for everyone! See you this Saturday from 10-4 on Wade Oval! pic.twitter.com/7jIWDqgfIa— University Circle (@inthecircle) June 5, 2018
#DidYouKnow the Great Lakes contain about 21% of the Earthâ€™s fresh water, with Lake Erie right in our back yard? @ClevelandWater is a proud partner of Parade the Circle & Circle Village, making sure our hands-on activities, vendors and participants all have clean, safe water! pic.twitter.com/Z3PmiIfCDp— University Circle (@inthecircle) June 7, 2018
Itâ€™s the 29th Annual Parade the Circle this weekend @inthecircle Parade kicks off @ noon @ClevelandArt featuring 80 Ensembles & 28 Activity Tents @ Circle Village + 3 bands all day on the Kulas Stage Arrive early to see the set up where art is a community experience #ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/n9NxR3eREV— Chris Ronayne (@chrisronayne) June 7, 2018
MUST READ: We've just posted our first University Circle blog, just in time for this weekend's festivities on Wade Oval! Read all about Parade the Circle & Circle Village, and see what to expect at this year's beautiful event! https://t.co/ZsYMmdn0Es pic.twitter.com/cUtFT4ziqv— University Circle (@inthecircle) June 7, 2018
These @Bolton_CMSD students have been serious troopers during their stilt walking workshops @karamuhouse. These hard workers have been preparing diligently for our June 9th & June10th Homecoming event and @inthecircle's #ParadeTheCircle! Come check them out! pic.twitter.com/u4u8TGC7E8— Karamu House Inc. (@KaramuHouseInc) May 15, 2018
Notification: Parade the Circle Festival in #UnivCircle @ Sat Jun 9, 2018 10am - 4pm (EDT) (tbFreeCle)— CLE Free Events (@tbFreeCle) June 8, 2018
Good to talk Parade the Circle & Wade Oval Wednesdays with @majic1057 @malonespeaking @TheNolanNation this morning. More @ 7:30 am with @billwillswtam @wtam1100 Summer starts here @inthecircle with Parade & WOW! #ThisisCle pic.twitter.com/nZM8Bd4Ieh— Chris Ronayne (@chrisronayne) June 8, 2018
Planning on joining us tomorrow for Parade the Circle and Circle Village? Be sure to bring your reusable water bottle! @ClevelandWater will be bringing their portable Water Buggy along for fresh, free water refills! pic.twitter.com/2z7EH2dRs7— University Circle (@inthecircle) June 8, 2018
Bring out your inner artist today @ Parade the Circle @inthecircle Wade Oval Drive & East Blvd @ClevelandArt Parade kicks off at Noon but get here early & take in an array of costume design Plenty of bike parking or take @GCRTA https://t.co/MnGBsDuaP8 pic.twitter.com/pzlezUmEkt— Chris Ronayne (@chrisronayne) June 9, 2018
Notification: Parade the Circle Festival in #UnivCircle @ Sat Jun 9, 2018 10am - 4pm (EDT) (tbFreeCle)— CLE Free Events (@tbFreeCle) June 9, 2018
Tweets at Parade the Circle - June 9, 2018
Thanks @MarkWSchumann for the mention! I am very fortunate to have â€œall the thingsâ€ to attend like @RubberCityTheaâ€™s #ArthurMillerâ€™s â€œ#TheCrucibleâ€ https://t.co/9ai1PULo6S— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 9, 2018
Next I will see #ParadeTheCircle and #Cleveland #museums in @InTheCircle!https://t.co/PvjfCIrfRn pic.twitter.com/tCxTj3U2Rr
It's #ParadetheCircle Day @inthecircle!— CMNH Education (@CMNHedu) June 9, 2018
Visit our table and see how *your* wingspan measures up against the wingspans of #pterosaurs! Then, head inside to see the real #fossils.
See Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs now through August 12. https://t.co/RpnPsBhfOr #CLE pic.twitter.com/79Xa2JVzoT
Don't let a little rain keep you away from #ParadetheCircle hosted by @ClevelandArt! Stop by @goCMNH's table in Circle Village, presented by @inthecircle, visit our "Pollination Station," see fossils & replicas from #PterosaursinCLE, and compare your wingspan to a pterosaur's! pic.twitter.com/jcyzTQW7cs— CleMuseumNatHistory (@goCMNH) June 9, 2018
There's nothing to do in Cleveland and Akron!— Mark W. Schumann (@MarkWSchumann) June 9, 2018
The #parade route looking great as happy people in #Cleveland line the circle for @InTheCircleâ€™s #ParadeTheCircle! https://t.co/d7LLSnU0Phhttps://t.co/PvjfCIrfRn#ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/KTNTzxdLK2— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 9, 2018
Visit our #Pollination Station to learn about landscaping with #nativeplants, and which plants to avoid, to help our pollinators. See a man-made #beehive and learn about the lifecycle of bees and the production of honey. #ParadetheCircle @inthecircle pic.twitter.com/xq2F29AsRO— CleMuseumNatHistory (@goCMNH) June 9, 2018
(P)true or false: #Pterosaurs are flying dinosaurs. Play #pterosaur (p)true or false at our table in Circle Village at #ParadetheCircle! And BTW, the answer is FALSE. Pterosaurs were flying reptiles. pic.twitter.com/rPVzyeb6jO— CleMuseumNatHistory (@goCMNH) June 9, 2018
Notification: Parade the Circle Festival in #UnivCircle @ Sat Jun 9, 2018 10am - 4pm (EDT) (tbFreeCle)— CLE Free Events (@tbFreeCle) June 9, 2018
#ParadeTheCircle!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 9, 2018
Check out how the patterns change as they move! https://t.co/d7LLSnU0Phhttps://t.co/PvjfCIrfRn#ThisIsCLE #Cleveland #parade! Thanks @ClevelandArt & @inthecircle! pic.twitter.com/iQzaxeos0h
Dots! And more dots!#ParadeTheCircle preparing #Cleveland for Infinity Mirrors coming to @ClevelandArt!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 9, 2018
See ticket info: https://t.co/uSNBJ8OSVjhttps://t.co/d7LLSnU0Phhttps://t.co/PvjfCIrfRn#ThisIsCLE #Cleveland #parade! pic.twitter.com/7Pvxql2hla
@djapoarts in @InTheCircleâ€™s #ParadeTheCircle.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 9, 2018
Iâ€™ve enjoyed their #African #dance at @CPTCLEâ€™s Station Hope & @ClevelandArtâ€™s MIX! https://t.co/INz30lj9sk
See @MannyWallace MIX pics: https://t.co/pcMn1HEQgb and my pics/video: https://t.co/GEK0XQo70Yhttps://t.co/yf0jvmMR6t pic.twitter.com/mXJONbBsvx
Another great day @inthecircle with #ParadetheCircle - @chrisronayne leading the way! The sun doesnâ€™t have to shine bright to have fun! Bands playing #CircleVillage until 4:30! pic.twitter.com/wjXO6f9rKF— Debbie Berry (@DebbieBerryCLE) June 9, 2018
See @SpikeRadwayâ€™s â€œSpikeBotâ€ and other #robots in @ClevelandArtâ€™s #ParadetheCircle in @InTheCircle! https://t.co/d7LLSnU0Phhttps://t.co/PvjfCIrfRn#ThisIsCLE #Cleveland #parade!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 9, 2018
cc: @CDPUG pic.twitter.com/cQl4kWekXN
The end!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 9, 2018
Another GREAT @ClevelandArtâ€™s #ParadetheCircle in @InTheCircle!
Now afternoon fun continues at #CircleVillage at @InTheCircle! https://t.co/d7LLSnU0Phhttps://t.co/PvjfCIrfRn#ThisIsCLE #Cleveland #parade! pic.twitter.com/SzOZcXAwgV
More Activities after the Parade The Circle, including Circle Village
After the @ClevelandArtâ€™s #ParadetheCircle in @InTheCircle, be sure to visit @CleStartsHere for FREE and say hi to @CarouselGeorge as you ride the #EuclidBeachPark #Carousel for $3! ðŸŽ— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 9, 2018
Plus fun continues at #CircleVillage at @InTheCircle! pic.twitter.com/QZpXtATV3F
My favorite event... https://t.co/YBTWZHNavf— Kelly (@radiant_path) June 9, 2018
After #ParadeTheCircle, see at @CleStartsHere the same #GarrettMorgan Gas Safety Hood that I mentioned in my blog post about touring @ClevelandWaterâ€™s #water treatment plant: https://t.co/VjcqFfbbqT— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 9, 2018
People should see #CleStartsHere for FREE while at #CircleVillage! pic.twitter.com/UxHdyp4Epk
After the @ClevelandArtâ€™s #ParadetheCircle, go to @CleStartsHere for FREE!!!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 9, 2018
While there say hi to @CarouselGeorge as you ride the #EuclidBeachPark #Carousel for $3!
George says @CleStartsHereâ€™s â€œhorses parade the circle every day!â€
During #CircleVillage at @InTheCircle! pic.twitter.com/pyTrzXRl1e
We're excited to be a part of Cleveland Museum of Art's Parade the Circle this Saturday, rain or shine! Visit us at booth 22 of Circle Village where we'll be creating free woodblock prints with people of all ages. #artsinCLEhttps://t.co/6H8oyj63xL pic.twitter.com/ICVkfM02mN— Morgan Conservatory (@MorganPaper) June 6, 2018
Talk @MorganPaper staff and learn about their printing and paper making service.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 9, 2018
After the @ClevelandArtâ€™s #ParadetheCircle, very cool craft and interesting booths at @InTheCircleâ€™s #CircleVillage!https://t.co/d7LLSnU0Phhttps://t.co/PvjfCIrfRn#ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/K4JQCMmGdg
The marketing director of @MorganPaper recommended their next show: July 6-Aug 11 â€œUnknown Terrain.â€— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 9, 2018
After @ClevelandArtâ€™s #ParadetheCircle, great #art booths at @InTheCircleâ€™s #CircleVillage!#ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/vH6Ctj0QPx
#ParadetheCircle still going strong!Visit the @inthecircle ladies staffing the beer & wine tent & listen to the smooth tunes of @CleCityCouncil member Kevin Conwell & #Footprints @inthecircle playing till 4:30 post #ParadetheCircle = summer kickoff! @chrisronayne @anniecpease pic.twitter.com/PLF5EzYHP5— Debbie Berry (@DebbieBerryCLE) June 9, 2018
Crowds still having fun at #CircleVillage after @ClevelandArtâ€™s #ParadeTheCircle!@chrisronayne announced that next Wed starts #WadeOvalWedesdays sponsored by @PNCBank for #summer 2018!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 9, 2018
June 13 â€“ Wesley Bright & The Honeytones (Soul) https://t.co/nWwwK7WZAP #ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/YbA00kNsTI
Fear not the weather over Wade Oval. For the sun peaks out here for the annual Parade the Circle as it did again this year. Thank you to the 80 ensembles 1500 paraders and tens of thousands of Clevelanders who came to the 2018 Parade the Circle @ClevelandArt @inthecircle @TheCLE pic.twitter.com/c5ROlcg32m— Chris Ronayne (@chrisronayne) June 9, 2018
We had a fantastic day inking up our presses and creating woodblock prints with people of all ages at #ParadetheCircle! Thank you @inthecircle @ClevelandArt and the staff, interns, and volunteers who made it possible. pic.twitter.com/RKksWNHjpq— Morgan Conservatory (@MorganPaper) June 11, 2018
Great #photos of @InTheCircle from @ClevelandArt's #ParadeTheCircle & #CircleVillage!#Photographer @MannyWallace captures the pageantry, colors, & fun of the #parade!@MannyWallace, it was good to talk to you. I see you captured a pic of me at the event https://t.co/uCEGHARmVW https://t.co/jCqA2geEZ3— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 15, 2018
I just published “Parade the Circle 2018: A Photo Story” https://t.co/GykxvWqU58— Puja Bhattacharjee (@pujabhattach) June 14, 2018
@pujabhattach, excellent post on @Medium about @ClevelandArt's #ParadeTheCircle at @InTheCircle!!https://t.co/slYzaIUOoz— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 17, 2018
I really like the #photos you captured of #artists preparing for the #parade and then enjoying sharing their #artwork in the parade. Very well done! pic.twitter.com/1ssCapvJxa
Parade the Circle goes brilliantly rain-free again (photos) https://t.co/BPsb1eLHBv— James Ewinger (@EwingerJ) June 9, 2018
Wendy Park and Edgewater Park after Parade the Circle
We had just read that day on Twitter about the renovations being done to the old Coast Guard Station at Wendy Park, by the Cleveland Metroparks. It is an incredible area now that the Cleveland Metroparks has taken over management, and continues to make major improvements. The addition of a new sailing program, in partnership with Cleveland's community rowing and sailing organization, The Foundry (@Foundry216), will bring life back to the old, abandoned Coast Guard Station.
Be sure to read The Foundry's history web page to learn about how their "partnership with Cleveland Metroparks enabled the creation of Cleveland's first community sailing center at the Historic Coast Guard Station at Whiskey Island ('The Station')." We have also included some other articles and videos about the Coast Guard Station renovation announcement in the next section of this blog post.
This month, Cleveland Metroparks is kicking-off a series of sailing programs out of the historic former Coast Guard Station ranging from 1-hour “Try-Its” to Learn to Sail programs under the guidance of a certified sailing instructor https://t.co/8wRhHEoVh9 #TimeToExplore pic.twitter.com/CbCj1zsZDp— Cleveland Metroparks (@clevemetroparks) June 9, 2018
@MUtterberg, thanks for sharing your experience with the @CleveMetroparks sailing try-it. Sounds fun!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 9, 2018
I have been on others’ sailboats, and once I tried a small SunFish sailboat, but I have not been out on a sailboat in years. https://t.co/1CJmLxBaV2 pic.twitter.com/Zcyfo9o9PN
After fun day at @InTheCircle’s Parade The Circle, I head to https://t.co/FEDePdP66z for dinner & to explore @CleveMetroparks’ #WendyPark on #Cleveland #WhiskeyIsland.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 9, 2018
Great that @Foundry216 and @CleveMetroparks will have #sailing here! ️https://t.co/ntUkxIGBcx#ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/d3wsiBPFxM
The Historic Coast Guard Station restoration is under way thanks to supporting partners!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 9, 2018
Great to be at @CleveMetroparks’ #WendyPark on #Cleveland #WhiskeyIsland. https://t.co/ntUkxIGBcx#ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/p0VZhL5NGl
#EdgewaterPark #Beach House and #EdgewaterBeach and the pier.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 10, 2018
Does not look like I will get to see a sunset tonight. Normally I see a great sunset here! https://t.co/HAoMEoBtNWhttps://t.co/9N4i9tTGgs pic.twitter.com/V2UpEBtiyc
Check out Ten Ways to Explore the Lakefront— Cleveland Metroparks (@clevemetroparks) June 10, 2018
Use the “Ten to Explore” lists to help guide your exploration of the Emerald Necklace! Explore more, here: https://t.co/lI7oVQUqMc #TimeToExplore pic.twitter.com/ByM2FB4Ail
@ShareTheRiver, after seeing @CleveMetroparks’ tweet about the historic Coast Guard Station restoration, I visited it last weekend. Great place!! https://t.co/vdBQnzWHxW— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 13, 2018
Neat that @Foundry216 and @CleveMetroparks will have #sailing from that location !
What Others Say
Here are other articles, blog posts, and videos about Parade the Circle and the renovations at the old Coast Guard Station. They give more details about these topics, and show how lucky we are in Cleveland to have these outstanding cultural and recreational resources!
JOIN US FOR THE 29TH ANNUAL PARADE THE CIRCLE AND CIRCLE VILLAGE
Posted on 06/06/18 by Olivia Gruntkowski (@0RIVIA), University Circle (@InTheCircle)
What You Need to Know About Saturday's Annual Parade the Circle Event
Posted by Jeff Niesel (@jniesel), Cleveland Scene (@ClevelandScene) on Thu, Jun 7, 2018, at 4:20 pm
Everything We Saw at Parade the Circle 2018
June 9, 2018, Photos by Emanuel Wallace's (@MannyWallace), Cleveland Scene (@ClevelandScene)
Be sure to see the many great Parade the Circle 2018 photos by Cleveland Scene's photographer Emanuel Wallace. In 97 photos, he captured the pageantry, colors, and fun of the parade! We stopped to say hello to Emanuel after the parade, and he quickly took a photo without us knowing. We were surprised to see that Stuart is in photo #45!
Parade the Circle goes brilliantly rain-free again (photos)
Updated June 10, 2018 Posted Jun 9, 2018, by James Ewinger, The Plain Dealer (@EwingerJ - @ClevelandDotCom)
Parade the Circle 2018: A Photo Story
Posted June 14, 2018, by Puja Bhattacharjee (@PujaBhattach)
See this excellent post by Puja Bhattacharjee. She shows photos of the artists developing their artwork in the days leading up to the parade, and many incredible photos of the artists sharing their creations in the parade.
See Phase 1 of renovations to Cleveland’s Old Coast Guard Station
By Laura Johnston (@LauraeJJohnston) - Rock The Lake (@RockTheLakeCLE) | November 7, 2017.
Also by Laura Johnston on cleveland.com (@ClevelandDotCom ):
Tour Cleveland's Historic Coast Guard Station as Burning River Fest tickets go on sale
Inside Cleveland’s historic Coast Guard Station: First look at new renovations
Take a peek inside a piece of Cleveland's history
Author: WKYC-TV (@WKYC), Published: 9:55 AM EDT June 5, 2018; Updated: 6:47 PM EDT June 5, 2018
Lindsay Buckingham of WKYC-TV on Facebook video interviewing Kelly Manderfield (@kmanderfield), who is the Chief Marketing Officer for the Cleveland Metroparks (@CleveMetroparks). Check out the new sailing area managed by The Foundry (@Foundry216).
A look at Cleveland's historic Coast Guard station that's been closed since 1976
Published: Tuesday, June 5th 2018, 2:03 pm EDT, Updated: Tuesday, June 5th 2018, 5:28 pm EDT Posted by Michael Dakota (@photographermkd), Digital Content Producer for Cleveland 19 News (@Cleveland19News)
Related Blog Posts
See the many blog posts we have written about the Cleveland Metroparks, which you can view here. If you want to learn about the many park locations that we explored in 2017, see our blog post:
- Blog Date: December 29, 2017 - Cleveland Metroparks Inaugural Trail Challenge!
In this blog post, we shared information about our journey on the 10 required trails and beyond!! Julie hiked 12 trails, and Stuart ended up completing 24 of the 25 trails on the list for 2017. If Stuart had a boat to complete the final water trail, he would have finished them all.