Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Kurentovanje Parade - Cleveland 2016

The 4th annual Cleveland version of the most popular carnival in Slovenia - Kurentovanje - began with a parade. The units gathered at Sterle's on East 55th and marched up St Clair to 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.

Lots of pictures from Kurentovanje

Here is a video of parade highlights

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