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Kurentovanje Festival
Slovenian National Home
March 1, 2014

Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia Jure émauc and his wife Janja and daughter Nika (Princess of Kurentovanje) were hosts for the day. Everyone wanted to greet the Consul General and his family and take photos with them. Even the Kurents!

Consul General of Slovenia Jure émauc with wife and daughter and Kurent

Consul General of Slovenia Jure émauc
with wife Janja and daughter Nika (and Kurent)


Consul General of Slovenia Jure émauc with wife and daughter and Kurent




Consul General of Slovenia Jure émauc with wife and daughter and Kurent


Princess of Kurentovaje Nika and baby


Janja and Nika émauc

Janja and Nika émauc


The Slovenian National Home is 100 years old and Ray Marvar was named its Slovenian Man of the Year for 2014. In this video clip, he told about the Slovenian Museum and Archives, the Kurentovanje Festival, the resurging St Clair neighborhood and the investments in St Martin de Porres High School.

Slovenian Man of the Year Ray Marvar

Slovenian Man of the Year Ray Marvar




Sloveninian Museum and Archives


Ed Oshaben and Ray Marvar

Ed Oshaben and Ray Marvar


Fran Cobberly

Fran Cobberly


The highlight of the Parade are the Kurents who are believed to chase away winter and usher in spring with its supernatural powers. We spoke to a few Kurents (and a red devil) before the parade and then after where they, and the Princess, introduced themselves.




The Kurents unmasked

The Kurents (and devils) unmasked


Posing with a Kurent


Kurent Costumes

Kurent Costumes


Kurent Costumes


Kurent Costumes

Surprising heavy noisemaking bells worn by the Kurents


Before moving to the Festival in the Slovenian National Home, an impromptu Slovenian song broke out in the Museum.

Slovenian singers





Slovenian singers



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