Since its conception in 2002, the Big Parade has become a cherished event in the Oberlin community; bringing residents of all ages together in a homespun, imaginative, community arts event that depends on wide-spread collaboration and team work. Groups involved in the Big Parade work relatively independently, but towards a common goal: to represent themselves and the town of Oberlin in a joyous and spectacular event featuring music, dancing, costumes, bikes, art cars, floats and whatever else people can come up with. A festival with various performances and live music follows the parade in Tappan Square. There is a free barbeque lunch, games, tables for many local organizations (all with an activity), crafts, face painting, a moon-bounce, a pie-eating contest, a free raffle, and much more!
Our mission is to build and celebrate our community through artistic expression. We strive to spark creativity and teamwork and to benefit our audience, participants and wider community.
NOTE: This year, the parade will begin at Prospect Elementary School, NOT Eastwood Elementary School. Line up at Prospect at 11 a.m. Parade starts at noon.
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