Are you ready to hoot and holler? If you are the spectator sort, then you’ll want to check out the Salem Puppet Parade route (marked in red on this map). Starting at Noon at the Grant Community School, puppets large and small along with volunteers will strut their creations down Winter Street to the Salem Saturday Market.
We are still looking for volunteers so if you can lend a hand, let us know. http://www.salempuppetparade.org/volunteers/
Also, the puppet parade is a larger event called Open Streets Salem. Visit the activity booths which will be open until 3 pm that day to compound the fun! Visit https://www.openstreetssalem.org/ for more information.
It was a fabulous day to parade down the closed streets of Salem! Check out some video footage from Open Streets Salem of the event.
Aren’t these amazing puppets created by seasoned and new puppet makers? We were honored to have Stephani Vrell Sachs of The Space Between and Children’s Educational Theatre Instructor come all the way from Seattle to help up out. We also made new friends. Shae Uisna and Carny Val came from PDX to join the fun and it was wonderful seeing how creative and different puppets can be. The artistry was remarkable, and I look forward to having more entries at the next event.
Ashley, Eddie, Emily, Penny, Link (Zapian Family) • Ava Foroughi • Chirs Bradberry • Chloe Cooper and • Amy Chiao • Danielle Baca • Ellis and Dehlia Swanger • Emmy Vaughn • Jessica Ramey • Joy Lund • Marina Belloc • Shae Uisna • Stephani Vrell Sachs • Valerie Scott (Carny Val)
This event was 100% volunteer powered and thanks to the awesome volunteers we had the day of the event! A special thank you to Tim Giugni of Tears of Joy and Freddie Ruiz for helping us spread the word and connecting with the community.
Addie Hofer and Friend • Adrian Belloc • Ambrose Walker • Amy Chiao • Anisa Foroughi • Ashley, Eddie, Emily, Penny, Link (Zapian Family) • Autumn Davidson Hofer • Bella Ramey • Beverly Kanewske • Bonnie Davidson • Brian Tackman • Britney Schones • Chloe Cooper • Chris Bradberry • Christina and Ivan Vejar • Danielle Baca and Family • David Belloc • Deanne Beausoleil • Delane Damerell • Dustin Scott • Ellis and Dehlia Swanger • Emmy Vaughn • Gerard Gonzales and Family • Griselda Puga and Mother • Isabel Rojas • Jacob Zac • Jason Ramey • Jessica Ramey • John Teply • Jon Chayse • Joy Lund • Katie Zimmerman • Kimie Ueoka • Kudzai Kapurura • Kundai Kapurura • Kurt Tackman • Laura Mack • LouJean Fobert • Marc Nisenfeld • Maria Heredia-Walker • Marina Belloc • Natasha Zimmerman • Patti Tomlinson and family • Ronan Willette • Sawyer Willette • Shae Uisna • Shae Uisna • Stephani Vrell Sachs • Tara Hathaway • Valerie Scott (Carny Val) and Family • Will Ramey
We are excited to see what music, a few workshops, and a bit of funding can do to this project for 2018. Want to start planning? 🙂
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In April 2017 community members gathered together to discuss the possibility of starting a Salem Puppet Parade. We felt a need to build community through engaging art making and performance. Larger than life puppets would promote art awareness, cultural and civic pride, and provide a platform for artisans to tell their diverse stories through art. This is the place where the wacky and weird gather to celebrate our quirks and unique stories.
We worked out a mission:
The Salem Puppet Parade
A community puppet parade that brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate local ecology and rich culture of the valley through visual and performing arts.
And we want you to join the fun. Sign up to learn more about the parade. We’ll send you monthly updates to your inbox. This event can only be great with your support!