My Town: Kurentovanje Festival to Usher in Spring

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CLEVELAND — The annual Kurentovanje Festival is set to usher in the spring season with its annual celebration.

The Kurentovanje (pronounced: koo-rahn-toh-VAHN-yay) Festival is a popular Slovenian tradition in which the Kurent–the central figure of the fest–is said to chase away winter to make way for spring.

This year’s local festival will kick off with a parade from the St. Vitus Church on Lausche Ave to the Slovenian National Home on St. Clair Avenue. The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 23, and last until 6 p.m. Following the parade, the Slovenian National Home will be open for visitors as well as local businesses taking part in the festival.

Also open during the festival will be the brand new The Cleveland Flea featuring local vendors.

Following the Kurentovanje Festival will be an after party at the Sterles Country House on E. 55th Street.

For more on the Kurentovanje Festival, click here

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