KNOXVILLE, TN – April 11, 2019 – Cattywampus Puppet Council will host its third annual giant puppet community arts parade, the Appalachian Puppet Pageant, noon May 11 beginning at Dr. Walter Hardy Park in partnership with Carpetbag Theatre; African American Appalachian Arts, Inc.; St. Luke’s Episcopal Church; and Our Community Organization. Parade line up is at 11 a.m. at Dr. Walter Hardy Park.
This parade seeks to bring together community members of all ages and backgrounds to share their stories and collective concerns through the visual and performing arts, while playing together and raising power and joy as a community.
The parade will conclude with a block party 1-4 p.m. at Paul Hogue Park at the corner of Chestnut and Selma. The block party will feature live hip-hop, spoken word, and dance performances, as well as art making, play, and garden activities for all ages. Both the parade and block party are free and open to the public.
This year's parade theme is "I See You.” Community members are invited to craft individual and collaborative giant puppets, masks, costumes, flags, and other art around this theme.
For more information and information on how to build giant puppets for the parade, visit www.cattywampuspuppetcouncil.com.
Cattywampus is currently looking for volunteers for the day of the parade, as well as donations of supplies and financial support. Information about getting involved with the parade is available on the group's website at Appalachian Puppet Pageant.
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Rachel Milford, Executive & Artistic Director
Cattywampus Puppet Council