Community Art Parade on May 26 in East Nashville

On Saturday, May 26th, Knoxville-based non-profit Cattywampus Puppet Council will host its 2nd annual giant puppet community arts parade, The Appalachian Puppet Pageant, in East Knoxville in partnership with the Muse Knoxville, Chilhowee Park, Carpetbag Theatre, KUUMBA Festival, and KnowHow Knox. Parade line up is at 11am in the Eternal Life Harvest Center Plaza at the corner of Spruce & MLK. The parade will kick off at 12pm and conclude with a parade festival from 1-4:30pm at Chihowee Park, right outside The Muse Knoxville (516 N. Beaman St). The festival will feature live hip-hop, spoken word, and dance performances, as well as art making and play activities for all ages. Both the parade and party are free and open to all!

This year’s parade theme is “Our Roots, Our Power” and community members are invited to craft individual and collaborative giant puppets, masks, costumes, flags, and other art around this theme and parade together as one. For more information, visit Resources for

learning how to build giant puppets and make other art for the parade can also be found on the Cattywampus Puppet Council website. 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

Cattywampus Puppet Council is a registered non-profit corporation in the state of Tennessee and is fiscally sponsored through Community Shares. Cattywampus gathers and imagines stories inspired by nature and the human experience in the South East to bring people together. Through workshops, public art, performances, and parades, Cattywampus seeks to promote play and community-based storytelling as integral to our individual growth and the health of our communities. More information about Cattywampus is available at

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