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Kurentovanje - Cleveland 2018

Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland
6417 St Clair Ave.
February 10, 2018

The 6th annual Cleveland version of the most popular carnival in Slovenia - Kurentovanje - was a weeklong event featuring dinners, a dance party, bocce tournament and more. But the highlight was the annual Kurentovanje parade followed by the festival celebration in the Slovenian national Home.

The units gathered in a freezing drizzle at St. Martin de Porres High School gym. Here is a short video of the St Martin de Porres High School drum line and dancers warming up before the parade.

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The units then gathered on Lausche Ave. Here is a short video of some musicians warming up on their float.



The parade stepped off from Lausche and proceeded to St Clair ending at the Slovenian National Home.

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

Did you know that there are more Slovenians in Cleveland Ohio than anywhere in the world except for Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia?

We have 2 videos of some highlights from the 2018 6th annual Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland. The first is shorter and shows the units stepping off on Lausche Ave.

The second is longer and features the St Clair portion of the parade and the festivities once the marchers reached the Slovenian National Home.



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Here are some more photos from the 2018 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland.

Krampus of Cleveland characters with Councilman Mike Polensek

Krampus of Cleveland characters with Councilman Mike Polensek


Float in Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade

Float in Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade


Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade - Folklorna Skupina Kres

Folklorna Skupina Kres


Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade - Princess and Prince of Kurentovanje

Princess and Prince of Kurentovanje


Creature at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade


St Vitus Adult Slovenian School

St Vitus Adult Slovenian School


St Vitus Adult Slovenian School


St Vitus Adult Slovenian School


Float in Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade

Float in Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade


Gilmour Gladiators at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade

Gilmour Gladiators


Slovenian costumes at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade


Slovenian creature at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade


Slovenian creature at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade


Slovenian creature at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade


Slovenian creature at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade


St Martin De Porres High School drummers and dancers

St Martin De Porres High School drummers and dancers


St Martin De Porres High School drummers and dancers


St Martin De Porres High School drummers and dancers


St Martin De Porres High School drummers and dancers


St Martin De Porres High School drummers and dancers


Slovenes of Minnesota

Slovenes of Minnesota


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Krampus of Cleveland at Cleveland Kurentovanje

Krampus of Cleveland at Cleveland Kurentovanje


Krampus of Cleveland at Cleveland Kurentovanje


Krampus of Cleveland at Cleveland Kurentovanje


Krampus of Cleveland at Cleveland Kurentovanje


Skidmark Garage at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade

Skidmark Garage at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade


Skidmark Garage at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade


Skidmark Garage at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade


Skidmark Garage at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade


Creature at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade


Creature at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade


Creature at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade


Music on float at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade


Kids at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade


Kurents at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade

Kurents at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade


Kurents at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade


Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade - Thank you Cleveland


Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade - Come again next year



When the parade arrived at the Slovenian National Home on St. Clair, the crowds moved inside for more entertainment, music, vendors and food and drink.

See Kurentovanje Festivities from the Slovenian National Home including videos of the Folklorna Skupina Kres dancers.







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