The People's Joy Parade is a creative, family friendly, community art parade. You’re invited! All are welcome. Come, make art and spread JOY!
Spectators can expect to see marching bands, artists, dance teams, costumes galore, children singing in the FootBeat Choir, school groups, art bikes, pet chickens in a baby carriage, bands rocking out on scaffolding, puppets, art cars, and fire breathing dragons!
The People's Joy Parade is a free event. Individuals, families, schools and community groups don't have to pay a big fee to participate.
People's Joy Parade does needs a staff to make the parade happen each year. We hire teaching artists and do free art workshops in schools, community centers and other spaces to provide unique art making opportunities to children and adults.
PJP provides art materials and donated supplies for creating art at the workshops it organizes. The People's Joy Parade thinks that it is very important to pay art teachers for their work, so we ask for donations every year. Some can give a little and some people can give a lot.
Thank you for donating to this art parade!
The People's Joy Parade was originally conceived by Lyndsey Scott and Sarah Paulsen in 2009. The Cinco De Mayo festival lacked a parade and they started small with big joy.
Fellow collaborator Celia Shacklett started the FootBEAT choir, singing songs in the street. In 2010, Jennifer Callen (Shriner) moved to Saint Louis and joined the fun with Scott, Shacklett and Paulsen.
In 2011, Jennifer was asked to collaborate by coordinating the parade and she happily agreed. Many years later, Jennifer Callen is still currently coordinating this labor of love. This parade ebbs and flows each year with new faces and original performance art. It's popularity has made Cherokee street well known.
Many great minds have supported this project in many ways!
Thank you for making art and spreading joy.