Arts, Dining & Entertainment

July 4 samba puppet parade returns to Castleton

Photos courtesy of GIA

The Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts is celebrating its 33rd year of student-created parades on July 4, 2016.

Monday, July 4 at 10:30 a.m. — CASTLETON — The Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts observes its 33rd year on July 4 as it presents a student-created samba puppet parade to the community of Castleton. The parade features giant puppets, handmade by 120 high school students from around Vermont, as well as a samba band comprised of students and staff, costumes, drums, streamers, stilts, and more. The parade takes place on Castleton’s Main Street at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 4. The event is free, open to the public, and a great place to bring the whole family.

The Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts, known as GIA (, is a two-week summer arts-enrichment program for Vermont high school students. GIA offers students the opportunity to try something new, embrace different perspectives, engage in a unique community, and make connections with peers across the state.

Students arrived at Castleton University on June 26, and during the week created giant puppets out of papier-mache, wire, cardboard, fabric, and other found materials. They also learned samba percussion rhythms and formed a fantastic drum ensemble.

For more information or to schedule a visit to the Governor’s Institute on the Arts, contact Director Elizabeth Frascoia at 802-505-9442 or

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