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Cleveland READS Parade and Victory Bash

Cleveland READS Parade and Victory Bash

Get ready Cleveland, the moment you've been waiting for all year is finally here—it's time to celebrate your reading accomplishments at the Cleveland READS Parade and Victory Bash! 

On December 2, the party kicks off at 1 p.m. with an action-packed parade from the Main Library to City Hall featuring Cleveland READS partners and musicians bringing the celebratory vibes. 

Then at 1:30 p.m., brace yourself as Library Director Felton Thomas, Jr. and Mayor Justin M. Bibb announce the grand total of minutes and books read over the year-long Cleveland READS Challenge. How high will the numbers go? Be there and find out! 

After the big reveal, the party continues from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Cleveland Public Auditorium. We're talking a full-blown bash with entertainment galore. Outside, enjoy food from an array of food trucks and take a ride on a trackless train while watching a block of ice transform into a beautiful work of art. Inside, heart-pumping activities like roller skating, bumper cars, and an epic bouncy house await, along with live music, mountains of fresh produce, cool prizes, and, of course, all the free books you can carry! 

So, get pumped up Cleveland—December 2 is going to be a celebration for the record books. You’ve earned it with your dedication to reading all year long. Now, let's party! 


  • 1 p.m. Parade along E 6th St from Superior Ave to Lakeside Ave E (CPL Main to City Hall) 

  • 1:30 p.m. Remarks by CPL Director Felton Thomas, Jr. and Mayor Justin M. Bibb on the steps of City Hall 

  • 2-5 p.m. Victory Bash entertainment and activities at Cleveland Public Auditorium 

Confirmed Activities 

  • Trackless Train rides* 

  • Free meals by food trucks* 

  • Live ice sculpture demonstration* 

  • Bouncy House 

  • Roller Skating 

  • Bumper Cars 

  • Free Produce – Greater Cleveland Food Bank 

  • Free Books 

  • Vendor tables featuring community partners 

  • Face Painting 

  • Balloon Twisting 

  • Raffle/Prizes 

  • Toy giveaways 

  • Live music 

*Outside of Public Auditorium 

Saturday, December 2, 2023
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Main 00 - Eastman Reading Garden
Main Library - Downtown
All Ages
Registration has closed.

Complimentary round-trip transportation is available from the following branches to the Cleveland READS Victory Bash at Public Auditorium:

Carnegie West   ● Eastman    ●Hough
Memorial-Nottingham   ● Mt. Pleasant   ● Woodland 

Register using the links above.  

Please note that seats are limited and registering here does not guarantee a seat.

Signed waivers will be required and some restrictions apply. 

See full information and shuttle schedule on the registration page(s) linked above. 

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