KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On Saturday, May 26th, Knoxville-based non-profit Cattywampus Puppet Council will host its 2nd annual giant puppet community arts parade, The Appalachian Puppet Pageant starting with the lineup at 11 a.m. and the parade kickoff at noon May 26 in East Knoxville.
In partnership with the Muse Knoxville, Chilhowee Park, Carpetbag Theatre, KUUMBA Festival, and KnowHow Knox, a parade festival takes place 1-4:30 p.m. at Chihowee Park, right outside The Muse Knoxville. The festival will feature live hip-hop, spoken word, and dance performances, as well as art making and play activities for all ages. Both the parade and party are free and open to the public.
This year's parade theme is "Our Roots, Our Power" and community members are invited to craft individual and collaborative giant puppets, masks, costumes, flags, and other art around this theme and parade together as one. For more information, visit www.cattywampuspuppetcouncil.com. Resources for learning how to build giant puppets and make other art for the parade can also be found on the Cattywampus Puppet Council website.
Cattywampus is currently looking for volunteers for the day of the parade, as well as donations of supplies and financial support. For more information, visit www.cattywampuspuppetcouncil.com/appalachian-puppet-pageant.
About Cattywampus Puppet Council
Cattywampus Puppet Council is a registered non-profit corporation in the state of Tennessee and is fiscally sponsored through Community Shares. Cattywampus gathers and imagines stories inspired by nature and the human experience in the South East to bring people together. Through workshops, public art, performances, and parades, Cattywampus seeks to promote play and community-based storytelling as integral to our individual growth and the health of our communities. More information about Cattywampus is available at www.cattywampuspuppetcouncil.com.
Rachel Milford, executive & artistic director
Cattywampus Puppet Council
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