The sixth annual East 200th Street Stroll takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Euclid. The free event features live music, food, children’s activities, rides and much more. Participating business and nonprofit organizations operate partially or entirely in the East 200th Street vicinity.
Sherrie Zagorc, festival chairperson and founder, calls the stroll, “an inexpensive and fun family day and community event.” The stroll receives no city funding, but instead relies on contributions from neighborhood businesses and civic organizations.
Visitors will experience diverse attractions ranging from karaoke and battling medieval knights to Euclid Beach memorabilia and a document shredding station. Younger patrons will enjoy face painting, a bounce house, crafts and games. Bathrooms with diaper-changing stations are strategically positioned along the length of East 200th Street.
Live music echoes throughout the neighborhood during the stroll. The Chardon Polka Band plays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Home Depot and Ruthie & Company will keep the north end (around Fuller Avenue) grooving with classic Motown, R&B and jazz from 10 a.m. until noon. T&T Barbershop hosts the White House Jazz Band from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Joe Mayer Orchestra will keep visitors bopping to big band music from noon to 2 p.m. near the Recher Avenue intersection.
Lolly the Trolley is scheduled to deliver patrons from one stop to the next Saturday. For $2 visitors can purchase a ride bracelet that includes not only unlimited Lolly rides, but also shuttle service aboard the Euclid Beach Rocket and Thriller cars. Ride bracelets can be purchased at various trolley stops, festival information booths and at each end of East 200th Street.
Zagorc says that a primary purpose behind the stroll is to help residents “get to know community resources.” Information tables at Saturday’s event include Euclid Pet Pals, hospice groups, AARP, churches, schools, food banks, the Euclid Orchestra, Henn Mansion, the Euclid Recreation Department, Shore Cultural Centre, the senior center, Euclid Public Library and many more.
The stroll’s most visible feature in the weeks prior to the event consists of wooden flower advertisements that decorate streets throughout Euclid. This year the flowers were painted by volunteers from the Mary Mavec School for developmentally disabled adults.
The festival also plans a photo contest this year. Camera-bearing visitors can inquire about the contest at the stroll’s main information booth.
Worrell, Chris M. “Euclid’s East 200th Street Stroll offers music, food and fun Saturday.” Cleveland.com. N.p., 31 May 2012. Web. 26 Feb. 2015. <cleveland.com>.