BIG EARS FESTIVAL
PARADE & STREET PARTY
Free & Open to All!
At the 2022 festival, Big Ears partnered with Knoxville’s Cattywampus Puppet Council to forge Krewe du Cattywampus, the festival’s inaugural parade, pairing giant puppets made by East Tennessee youth with musicians representing New Orleans’ and Haiti’s second line, rara, and kanaval traditions.
We’re excited to fill our Knoxville streets again with art, joy, and revelry
on Sunday, April 2nd, 2023 and we want you to join us!
FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2023
Street Party: 1-8pm
SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2023
Street Party: 12-7:30 pm
Visit the “Resources” page on Cattywampus’s website for images, giant puppet making templates, and other instructions to get you started.
Cattywampus Clubhouse Open Studio Days
310 W. Jackson Avenue, Suite 102
Cattywampus Puppet Council will be hosting open maker space at its Clubhouse during the days leading up to the Big Ears Festival for community members to help work on big puppets for the parade, as well as make their own art to carry. We’ll have cardboard, paint, and some additional supplies available for making giant cardboard flats, flags, and noisemakers. Feel free to bring your own projects already in process. All ages are welcome! Masks are encouraged. March 19: 2-6 PM, March 20: 4-7 PM, March 26: 2-6 PM, March 27: 4-7 PM.
Friday & Sunday
As part of this year’s free community programming, Big Ears is hosting a 2-day Street Party at the Southern Railway Station on Friday, March 31st & Sunday, April 2nd! Both days will feature FREE CONCERTS from various Big Ears and local artists, as well as food trucks and art & play activities for all ages.