Category Archives: parade

  St Patrick’s fun!

It’s almost time! Just few more days until we all drink the green beer, dress in our finest tweed, enjoy the perfect soda bread & butter, do a jig or two, and enjoy a years worth of bagpipe tunes. It’s almost St Patricks Day people!!!

The famous Cleveland St Patricks Day Parade is this Sunday, kicks of at 2pm beginning on East 18th and Superior and continues the fun looping around town. The weather report looks good so far, at least it should be dry. The Boys from County Hell will be performing at House of Blues, Flannery’s AND The Harp. There will be plenty of corn beef served at some of our city’s traditional hot spots including Slyman’s, Corky & Lenny’s and Nate’s Deli and even the not so traditional eateries like Hodge’s (the perfect outdoor hot spot!) or Market Garden Brewery on 25th.

So you got your parade, your music, your corn beef so besides reminding everyone to take the RTA downtown I guess my last little wise words would be don’t forget to wear your green or you might get pinched!

(The image is from the Official Parade fb page by ©2012 Buckeye Photography, Inc)

  happy weekend

Hey there, what a stunning example of a sunny summer day! It’s gonna be a great weekend weather-wise and there is so much happening around town…here are a few ideas for your weekend planning.

Tonight kicks off the annual Weapons of Mass Creation design conference and music festival. Get your weekend pass now to see unique bands, hear area creative speaker..s.don’t miss “Mr. Johnny Cupcakes” himself speak Saturday evening 7-7:45 on the importance of developing a great brand…if you have a t-shirt wear it. On Sunday make sure you go hear words of creative wisdom from my friend and fellow creative Brian Jasinski of Grey Cardigan! As an inpiring designer, you also might want to check out the “Ask the Pro’s” table on Sunday from noon to 2pm…you never know who will be there reviewing work…wink wink!

Another creative city explosion will be this years 23rd Annual Parade the Circle taking place Saturday from 11-4pm in University Circle. This eclectic gathering and celebration of the arts is one not to be missed.

Another fun and quirky happening that you might think is fun is the annual Spirit of Cleveland Airstream rally at Burke Lakefront Airport. Come and check out over 50 historic Airstream trailers parked in the “silver city.” (Friday & Saturday)

Looking to get your 5K run on, this new race looks so great. The Pier W Copper River Salmon 5K Run takes place Saturday (mid)morning and cumulates on the upper desk of Pier W. Really cool thing, your race entry fee covers a full lunch provided by the restaurant. It is going to be a great day for a run and lunch…sign up early as spots are limited

And then don’t forget there is always the beach at the Lake, bike rides through the city, patios galore! So much to do…it’s gonna be a wild creative weekend in Cleveland.

(image from the Weapons of Mass Creation Festival!)

  Full GREEN ahead.

Hello & happy week of the green, the Irish, the Guinness, the leprechaun and most of all, the week of corned beef and cabbage.

Isn’t St Patricks Day grand? Besides Tribe Opening Day, March 17th truly signifies the coming of spring to many Clevelanders.

Spring and perhaps, skipping school (work), a green tongue due to the ghastly food coloring poured into your pitcher, a crowded RTA ride down to public square and lots of screaming fans of every Northeast Ohio Irish American bagpipe player….men in skirts, swoon!

I just thought I’d share a few of my favorite to-do’s on St Patty’s Day, in case you haven’t already firmed up plans.

Start off your morning with some super yummy raisin soda bread. Blackbird Bakery and Breadsmith make tasty bread and while I am not 100%, I would bet On The Rise and Stone Oven will also mix up a batch or two. This dense bakery is the perfect way to soak up your morning cocktails.

After filling your tummy with a hearty breakfast, hop on the Rapid and head downtown to the annual Cleveland parade. WARNING, this parade is not for the faint of hearts the overwhelming display of public intoxication and green clothing accessories (boas, beads, knee socks, tattoos, crowns, etc.) make people watching half the fun.It is usually pretty “PG” but often turns “R” as the day goes on. (something to consider for all you parents with little ones)

If you need a break while you are downtown there are lots of fun events happening on East 4th. Many of the restaurants are offering lunch specials as well as opening their patios for the reported 60 degree weather. I’m sure it will be super packed, but again, embrace the crowd and celebrate with your fellow Irishmen.

By now you may have had a few libations and are looking for what’s next. Music, music and more music! Live performers will be all over the city that day, and this is the time I get myself out of downtown and find a local pub to “recover” in. The bagpipe and Celtic tunes sound better when accompanied by a stiff Irish coffee.

If you need a sugar injection between the afternoon and the evening hours, the traditional McDonalds Shamrock Shake is a MUST. however, for those of us purists, make sure to request no whip and no cherry. How can they mess with a sure thing?

To close the day wrap up the evening strong at The Harp with the Boys from County Hell. They know how to draw a crowd, to get you up and dancing and to keep everyone going strong. Add a shot or two of Jameson in the mix and you’ll get your third wind for the day.

So with that, enjoy your St. Patrick’s Cleveland. Be safe.

  The "FEAST" (8/13-16)

Thursday, August 13th through Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Cleveland’s Feast of the Assumption, is held each year in mid-August in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood, it’s a four-day street fair that celebrates the Catholic Day of Assumption (August 15), when the Virgin Mary died and assumed her place beside Jesus. Although the hill is a complete “MOB” scene, the Feast is a fun-filled Italian street party with rides, food (Gnocchi & Cannolis), live music and the traditional parade.

The four-day Feast of the Assumption is a wonderful mix of religion and secular fun. The entire length of Mayfield Road, between Euclid Ave and Cleveland Heights is closed off to traffic. In their place are carnival rides, delicious Italian-themed food vendors, arts & crafts booths, and live music stages, playing everything from rock to “It’s Amore.” In addition, there are fireworks at night and a parade on August 15. The event draws over 100,000 visitors each year. Admission is free.

Thursday Aug 13, 6-11pm
Friday Aug 14, 6-Midnight
Saturday Aug 15, 10-Midnight
Sunday Aug 16, Noon-9:30pm

  Circle the Parade (6/13)

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Parade the Circle is University Circle’s signature summer event. This fabulous, fun, FREE celebration features the Parade, presented by The Cleveland Museum of Art, and Circle Village, presented by University Circle Inc. The Parade, which begins at Noon, incorporates the drama and artistry of colorful floats, puppets, costumes, dancers, and musicians. Circle Village invites visitors onto Wade Oval for an afternoon of activities, live music, and delectable food.

11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Parade at Noon
Wade Oval, University Circle