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Kurentovanje Parade
East 60's - Lausche and St Clair
February 23, 2013

Cleveland's first annual version of the most popular carnival in Slovenia - Kurentovanje - began with a parade. The units assembled near St. Vitus Church on Lausche Ave.

St Vitus Church sign

They marched down Lausche to East 60th and then up to the Slovenian National Home on St. Clair.

Before the parade, Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia Jure Zmauc told about the special relationship between Slovenia and Cleveland.



Kurentovanje is a cultural event which connects ethnology, culture, arts, and people from all over Europe. It has been celebrated in Slovenia for the past 50 years. The central figure of the carnival, the Kurent, is believed to chase away winter and usher in spring with its supernatural powers.

Kurenti at Cleveland's Kurentovanje

Kurenti at Cleveland's Kurentovanje


Kurentovanje Parade Kurent with Joe Cimperman and daughter

Kurent with Councilman Joe Cimperman and daughter

As the parade units lined up, a band played Slovenian music and even got the Consul General to sing along.

Slovenian band on float at Kurentovanje in Cleveland


Slovenian band on float at Kurentovanje in Cleveland





Slovenian band on float at Kurentovanje in Cleveland


The horses from the Cleveland Mounted Police Department were understandably skittish around the Kurenti, so they began the parade far in advance of the creatures.

Slovenian Kurent in Kurentovanje parade in Cleveland


The Kurenti were followed by young ladies in traditional Slovenian costumes passing out candy to the crowds.

Slovenian ladies in costumein Kurentovanje parade in Cleveland


Slovenian costumes in Kurentovanje parade


Kurentovanje has a Mardi Gras feel so many participants wore masks to help scare away winter.

Wearing masks at Cleveland Kurentovanje parade


Wearing masks at Cleveland Kurentovanje parade


Wearing masks at Cleveland Kurentovanje parade


Wearing masks at Cleveland Kurentovanje parade


The rhythm of the parade was provided by the Drum Line and Pop Pom units of St. Martin de Porres school.

Drum Line  of St. Martin de Porres school

Drum Line of St. Martin de Porres school


Marching unit from St. Martin de Porres school

Marching unit from St. Martin de Porres school


Pom Pom unit from St. Martin de Porres school

Pom Pom unit from St. Martin de Porres school


The main float of the parade included the band playing Slovenian favorites as well Nika, Princess of Kurentovanje.

Nika, Princess of Kurentovanje

Nika, Princess of Kurentovanje


Nika, Princess of Kurentovanje

Princess Nika


Joe Cimperman dancing

Councilman Joe Cimperman danced on the float


Float at Cleveland Slovenian Kurentovanje parade


Slovenian costumes in Kurentovanje parade


Stalk of spring at Slovenian Kurentovanje parade


Kurentovanje Parade watchers

Kurentovanje Parade watchers


The end of the parade included more Kurenti as well as a devil. Hopefully they scared away Winter and Spring will come soon.

Devil at Kurentovanje Parade


Devil and Kurent at Kurentovanje Parade


Devil at Kurentovanje Parade


Kurentovanje Cleveland banner


Enjoy this video of highlights from the Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland.




When the parade arrived at the Slovenian National Home on St. Clair, there was dancing in the street before the crowds moved inside for more entertainment, vendors and food and drink.

Page 2 of the Kurentovanje Festival in Cleveland



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