Cleveland’s Parade of Color

Sun-drenched crowd.
50,000 plus.
Lining the Circle
Eye-popping vibrant color.
Jubilant music ignites dance.
Echous oohs and ahs erupt, watching
bright costumes, giant puppets,
stilt-dancers, strings of iridescent balloons,
painted masks and colorful floats
streaming past us.

Cleveland’s University Circle…
overflowing breathtaking color:
rosso, viola, blu, verde, lilla, and more,
All parade the Circle.
Clevelanders showing their true colors, against
the backdrop of the city’s stunning
art and natural history museums and orchestra hall.

Not a more perfect day possible—
here or anywhere.
Once again,
why focus so much
on what’s wrong with our city,
when so much more is right.

Click here to hear me read this poem.

And a few pictures to tell the story our eyes saw…

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About Don Iannone

Don Iannone is the owner of Donald T. Iannone & Associates (DTIA), an economic and community development strategy and research consulting company, and he is a poet and photographer living in Bratenahl, Ohio. Don's career spans 35 years in economic and community development and the environmental quality field. Prior to starting DTIA in 2000, he was director of the economic development and environmental business centers at Cleveland State University (CSU) for 15 years. Prior to joining CSU, he worked for Lakeland Community College, Greater Cleveland Growth Association, and Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA). His educational background includes undergraduate studies at Cleveland State University, and graduate studies at Case Western Reserve University, University of Oklahoma, and the University of Philosophical Research. He is the author of two books of poetry and three books combining his poetry and photography. Don gives talks and seminars on his creative work and economic and community development.

12 thoughts on “Cleveland’s Parade of Color

  1. A very beautiful and thoughtful poem Don. And very nice pictures. It makes you want to dream. So many colours in combination with such a fine weather.

    And yes, it makes you wonder why people tend to start thinking on things that are wrong more than on those that are right when confronted with such a beautiful day. Of course, it’s only one day whereon people can put away their sorrows for a moment while the next day is just around the corner, as well as the reality, sometimes a very hard one to swallow for some in our society/community of man.

    Well, perhaps we should start learning to not think in terms of what’s right or wrong, but just learn from everything so to make it a better place for all, no one excluded. Right and wrong can than become a perfect match because they will teach each other of what can, and what may not when pictured within the correct perspective of us being body and soul, the soul of man that never knows evil for it is born within goodness, created in His likeness.

  2. Bernabie…Thank you so much for stopping by and reading this poem. (You read version 1. Made some changes, but no matter). I think you are right: don’t think about what’s right and wrong and just learn from wherever we are. Wonderful insight. Please stop back.

  3. wow the colorful imagery coupled by the photographs are just breathtaking! i love the ending. makes me think of my own hometown, and i can’t help feel pride as well at its beauty. thank you for sharing :)

  4. This is true of so many towns,
    Don, I hope you got my e-mail. I keep trying to send one, but I get a e-mail back, having click on something to have it sent through — when I click on it, it says “sorry, but not able ” to do it. :(

  5. Thanks Rax, Andrew, and Floots. Your comments are appreciated. It was truly a great day, and no raining on this parade.

    Believe in your hometown!

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