Kurentovanje (koo-rahn-toh-VAHN-yay) is the most popular carnival event in Slovenia and the central figure of the carnival, the Kurent, is believed to chase away winter and usher in spring.
In 2013, a group of local Slovenian-Americans, with support from the St. Clair-Superior Development Corporation, organized the first Cleveland Kurentovanje as a way to celebrate our heritage and the Mardi Gras season. That first year, the planning group pulled together the event in approximately six weeks, and were astounded to see 2000+ attendees at the first Cleveland Kurentovanje.
Cleveland Kurentovanje is filled with costumes, a parade, ethnic food and drink, free musical and cultural performances, and authentic Kurents. The goals of Cleveland Kurentovanje are to:
- Promote and celebrate our Slovenian heritage
- Create a fun and lively experience for all festival-goers
- Use the energy from our event to contribute to the momentum in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood, which historically, was home for generations of Slovenian immigrants.