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Kurentovanje - Cleveland 2019

Kurentovanje in Cleveland
6417 St Clair Ave.
March 3, 2019

The 7th annual Cleveland version of the most popular carnival in Slovenia - Kurentovanje - was a week long 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 before the parade at the St. Martin de Porres High School gym. The units then gathered on Lausche Ave. Here is a short video of some musicians jamming before the parade.

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Enjoy these other images from before the Parade.

Gettin ready to be the smallest Kurent

Getting ready to be the smallest Kurent


Folklorna skupina Kres

Established in 1954, Folklorna Skupina Kres is a
Slovenian folklore dance group


Getting ready for the Kurentovanje parade

Getting ready for the Kurentovanje parade


Councilman Mike Polensek and Krampus

Councilman Mike Polensek and Krampus


St Martin de Porres ladies

St Martin de Porres ladies


More Krampus

More Krampus


Pikachu getting ready to march

Pikachu getting ready to march


Kurentovanje float

Kurentovanje float


Girls on Kurentovanje float


Prince and Princess of Kurentovanje with Councilman Mike Polensek

Prince and Princess of Kurentovanje with Councilman Mike Polensek


Krampus losing his head

Krampus losing his head


Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland Museum of Art


PIAST Polish dancers and a Kurent

PIAST Polish dancers and a Kurent


Slovenian ladies

Slovenian ladies


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?

Crowd at Slovenian National Home for Kurentovanje Parade

Crowd at Slovenian National Home for Kurentovanje Parade

Kurent and baby Kurent

Kurent and baby Kurent

When the Parade was over people entered the Slovenian National Home for music, food, shopping and fun. Here is a video of a polka from inside the hall.



Enjoy these images from after the Parade.

Posing with a Kurent

Posing with a Kurent


Macek Research Center

Macek Slovenian Research Center


Slovenian girl


Ed Oshaben at the Zivon Welcome Center

Ed Oshaben at the Zigon Welcome Center


Kurent with small child

Kurent with small child


Lady and child inside Slovenian home


Getting ready to perform

Getting ready to perform


He partied his bells off at Kurentovanje

He partied his bells off at Kurentovanje


Kurentovanje banner in Slovenian National Home

Kurentovanje banner in Slovenian National Home

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