Best Outdoor Festival

Parade the Circle

It's the Mardi Gras of Cleveland, without the hangover. Where else can you see your favorite politician dressed as a giant tomato or fairy godmother? Stilt-dancers from Tremont and puppeteers from Central America have made the parade an especially colorful affair, with their jungle-gym floats and supersized stick men that hail from fanciful, faraway rain forests. It's held in early June, when it's not too hot and sticky, and tons of kids get to participate, making their own African drums and dragonfly wings.