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Kurentovanje Parade
East 60's - Lausche and St Clair
March 1, 2014

The 2nd annual Cleveland version of the most popular carnival in Slovenia - Kurentovanje - again began with a parade. The units assembled near St. Vitus Church on Lausche Ave. on Saturday March 1, 2014

St. Vitus Parish Sign - St Martin de Porres school


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. The Kurents must have done their job because during one of the coldest and snowiest winters in recent memory, the weather for the parade was 40 degrees and dry.

Before the parade, marchers lined up on Lausche Ave. and as the Kurents danced and scared away winter, a band played Slovenian music from their float.

Slovenian band at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade





Slovenian band at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade





Slovenian band at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade


The parade stepped off on Lausche and went to East 60th and then up to the Slovenian National Home on St. Clair.

Red Devil and Kurenti lead the parade

The Red Devil and Kurenti led the parade


Kurenti lead the Cleveland Kurentovanje parade


Kurenti lead the Cleveland Kurentovanje parade


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

Cleveland Kurentovanje parade


Cleveland Kurentovanje parade


Cleveland Kurentovanje parade


Cleveland Kurentovanje parade


Cleveland Kurentovanje parade


Cleveland Kurentovanje parade


Cleveland Kurentovanje parade

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

Marching unit from St. Martin de Porres school


Marching unit from St. Martin de Porres school


Marching unit from St. Martin de Porres school


Marching unit from St. Martin de Porres school


Marching unit from St. Martin de Porres school


Along with the Slovenian and other floats and marchers the parade watchers were happy to see the Kashtan Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, especially during these troubled times in Ukraine.

Kashtan Ukrianian Dance Ensemble

Kashtan Ukrainian Dance Ensemble


Kashtan Ukrianian Dance Ensemble


Kashtan Ukrianian Dance Ensemble


Kashtan Ukrianian Dance Ensemble

Enjoy these other images from the 2104 Kurentovanje Parade and be sure to watch the video highlights at the bottom of the page.

Nika, Princess of Kurentovanje

Nika, Princess of Kurentovanje


Slovenian Man of the Year Ray Marvar

Slovenian Man of the Year Ray Marvar


2104 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland


2104 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland


2104 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland


2104 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland


2104 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland


2104 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland


Slovenian Flag Poncho


Pirate float


Pirates at 2104 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland


Polka Hall of Fame at 2104 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland

Polka Hall of Fame


2104 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland


2104 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland


2104 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland


2104 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland


2104 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland


Red Devil at 2104 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland

Red Devil


2104 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland


2104 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland


2104 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland


2104 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland


Recycle Ambassadors at 2104 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland

Recycle Ambassadors


Princess Nika and Kurent at 2104 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland

Princess Nika and Kurent


Enjoy this video of highlights from the 2014 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland. (Click on the icon on the lower right to watch it full screen)




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

2013 (1st annual) Kurentovanje Festival in Cleveland highlights



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