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11th Annual Cleveland Oktoberfest
11th Annual Cleveland Oktoberfest - Win free tickets
Raise Your Stein To The End Of Summer!

A glockenspiel that rocks on the hour, polka bands rocking the festival, traditional Bavarian food to delight your tastebuds, and don't forget the beer! It's all part of the 11th Annual Cleveland Oktoberfest, Labor Day Weekend, Friday, September 4th, through Monday, September 7th, 2015 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea.

Cleveland Oktoberfest


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Serbian Alphabet Song on One World Day
Serbian Alphabet Song on One World Day
The Serbian Community Children's Choir, under the direction of Nada Martinovic, performed at the Serbian Cultural Garden in Cleveland on One World Day 2015.

The gathered in front of the bust of Vuk Karadzic who created the Serbian alphabet and sang and danced to the Serbian alphabet song Azbuka.



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Celtic Nations - Foods and Cooking
Celtic Nations - Foods and Cooking
Most people think of Celtic people as those living in Ireland and Scotland, but the Celts also hail from Wales, the Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany in France, Galicia in Spain and Asturias.

The Celtic Caterer Chef Eric W. McBride demonstrated Celtic foods at the Ohio Celtic Festival at Classic Park in Eastlake, home to the Lake County Captains.

Celtic Caterer Chef Eric W. McBride

Celtic Caterer Chef Eric W. McBride


Celtic Caterer Chef Eric W. McBride teaches Celtic Cooking

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One World Day 2015
One World Day 2015
The 70th annual One World Day was a huge success with about 10,000 people enjoying all 29 gardens (and 7 in the works). More details and lots of photos and videos soon.

After a long day, and with work still to be done, Dan Hanson asked Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation president Sheila Murphy Crawford and One World Day co-producers Johnny Wu and Ken Kovach for a few brief thoughts on the day.



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India Independence Day 2015
India Independence Day 2015
Federation of India Community Associations (FICA)hosted their annual celebration of Independence Day on August 15, 2015.

The day began in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue at the India Cultural Garden on MLK Blvd and a march to the Rockefeller Greenhouse for a ceremony that included songs and dances - both Kathak and Bollywood.

Happy India Independence Day

CWRU Grad students at Independence Day


Photos and Videos of 2015 Independence Day Event

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RIP Congressman Louis Stokes
RIP Congressman Louis Stokes
Born on February 23, 1925 in Cleveland Ohio, Louis Stokes is one of two very famous children born to Charles and Louise Stokes. The other, of course, is his younger brother Carl, the one time Mayor of Cleveland.

Louis Stokes in June 2007 (photo by Dan Hanson)

Congressman Louis Stokes in June 2007


Read of their journey from Cleveland's Projects to Historic Achievements in the 2007 profile of Congressman Louis Stokes by Debbie Hanson.

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Congressman Louis Stokes Photo Page
Congressman Louis Stokes Photo Page
Congressman Stokes was kind enough to share with us many photos from his life for his profile. See him with Jim Brown, Bill Cosby, Al Gore and others.

Louis, Carl, and Louise Stokes (Carl just returned from New York for a book signing)

Carl Stokes, mother Louise Stokes and Louis Stokes

Congressman Louis Stokes Photo Page.

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38th annual Glenville Community Festival and Parade
38th annual Glenville Community Festival and Parade
Cleveland City Councilman Jeff Johnson has kept the annual Glenville Parade and festival going each year. The 2015 event was the 38th annual.

Cleveland City Councilman Jeff Johnson

Cleveland City Councilman Jeff Johnson


4 pages of photos and videos from the Glenville Parade and Festival

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2015 Puerto Rican Day Parade
2015 Puerto Rican Day Parade
Cleveland Puerto Rican Day Parade


3 pages of photo and video highlights from the 2015 Puerto Rican Day Parade in Cleveland.

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New Citizens to be sworn in at One World Day
New Citizens to be sworn in at One World Day
Few things are as inspiring as witnessing people from all over the world being sworn in as new citizens of the United States. On August 23, 2015 as part of One World Day, Cleveland Councilman Kevin Conwell will present a naturalization ceremony in his ward in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

Since 1945 the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) has celebrated One World Day exemplifying the theme of the Gardens: "Peace through Mutual Understanding." Over the years, the naturalization ceremony for new citizens has been one of the highlights of the day.

Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell is the presenting sponsor for the Naturalization Ceremony and is proud to welcome the new citizens and their families to his Ward.

The Honorable Solomon Oliver, Jr. Chief Judge United States District Court Northern District of Ohio will preside over the ceremony which will feature 25 people from countries such as Albania, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, India, Macedonia, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Togo, Turkey and Ukraine.

See more of the Naturalization ceremony.

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Vietnamese Cultural Garden
Vietnamese Cultural Garden
Members of the Vietnamese Cultural Garden Committee of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens met at the future site of the Garden. This historic meeting was captured in photos and video.

Vietnamese anthem in Cleveland


More from the Vietnamese Cultural Garden event

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Opera in the Italian Cultural Garden
Opera in the Italian Cultural Garden
In 1930, the Italian Cultural Garden opened as a "symbol of Italian culture." Almost 70 years ago the Italian Garden hosted the San Carlo Opera in the lower level amphitheater. In 2008, the Italian Cultural Garden Foundation revived this tradition by presenting Opera in the Garden.

A record crowd of over 2,000 attended the July 26, 2015 performance by the artists from the Opera Circle Cleveland Company. This included Tenor Mikhail Urusov who has performed at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia.

If you missed the 2015 Opera you can see photos and videos of every song. Be sure to watch the videos full screen.

Opera Circle Cleveland

Opera Circle Cleveland

3 pages of Opera in the Italian Garden begin here

99 Red Balloons in the German Cultural Garden
99 Red Balloons in the German Cultural Garden
Over 185 people gathered in the German Cultural Garden in Cleveland to celebrate the 99th year of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

Goethe, Schiller and a red balloon

Goethe, Schiller and a red balloon

They gathered with 99 red balloons and posed in front of the huge Goethe-Schiller statue as the Cleveland Donauschwasbe Blaskapelle (brass band) played the 1983 German pop hit 99 Luftballons (99 re balloons) by Nena.



4 pages of photos and videos from the event including remarks from Honorary German Consul Diana Thimmig, Cleveland Councilman Tony Brancatelli, Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation president Sheila Murphy Crawford and German Garden delegate Hans Kopp.

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Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Cleveland International Hall of Fame
What a Night! Congratulations to the 2015 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. You inspired us all.

Lots of photos and video coming soon but here's a Class photo.

Cleveland International Hall of Fame 2015 Class

Seated L-R Dick Pogue, Bishop Pilla and Shiv Aggarwal.
Standing Dick Russ, Judge Villanueva and Tommy Mulloy (for his father the late Steve Mulloy)
Missing - Mayor Richard Ganim who was ill



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Thank You Mayor Jackson
Thank You Mayor Jackson
Letter from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson to Dan and Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.com


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Thank You Governor Kasich
Thank You Governor Kasich
Letter from Ohio Governor Kasich to Dan and Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.com


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This is Our Cleveland - ICC-WIN Multicultural Holiday Party
This is Our Cleveland - ICC-WIN Multicultural Holiday Party
The International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) hosted their annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio.

At the end of an international fashion show that featured native costumes from dozens of countries, the models gathered on stage and walked out to the sounds of We are the World. Watch this short video and be inspired.

More photos and videos from the event soon.

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We Pray the Rosary - Living Rosary DVD
We Pray the Rosary - Living Rosary DVD
Hail Mary, Full of Grace…

This DVD is a Living Rosary in the sense that over 200 people participated in saying a prayer. 3 bishops, numerous priests and sisters and a variety of lay people all said a prayer (Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary or Glory Be) that when put together combine to form the complete Rosary.

We hope that you will pray along with the diverse group of people on this DVD. They are young and old, different races and ethnicities, in Church and outside, alone and in groups. The prayers are said in English, but occasionally there is a prayer in another language. You may not know the language but will understand, and be able to pray along, because of the context.

  1. American Sign Language
  2. English
  3. Gaelic
  4. German
  5. Hindi
  6. Italian
  7. Konkani
  8. Korean
  9. Lebanese
  10. Polish
  11. Portuguese
  12. Slovenian
  13. Spanish
  14. Swahili

Lourdes Shrine in Cleveland


More about the We Pray the Rosary DVD


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Cleveland Non-Violence Pledge
Cleveland Non-Violence Pledge
"As chairman and on behalf of the Hispanic Roundtable, we enthusiastically take the pledge of peace and nonviolence. We are honored to be associated with two of the greatest human beings whoever lived: Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King. Most importantly, we want to be associated with the universal and eternal value of peace and dignity for all human beings, who are all created in God's image.
José C Feliciano

Have you signed the Cyber Wall of Peace and Nonviolence yet?

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Cultural and Ethnic Store
Cultural and Ethnic Store
No matter what your cultural or ethnic background is, you will find products tailored to that group in our On-Line Store.

For example, do you know a Slovenian (or Irish or Polish or Italian or...) Grandma or Grandpa who would love their own Parking Sign? Check it out. Books, DVDs, Music, Flags, Baby Items, Gourmet Foods and much more.

All at great prices and shipped securely from Amazon.com

Please help support ClevelandPeople.Com by shopping in our Online Store.

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 What is Cleveland's greatest asset?
Cleveland People

Sure we love the distinct 4 seasons (most of the time). And we love the great cultural and civic resources such as University Circle, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cultural Gardens, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lake Erie, the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians and so much more.

But it's the people that make Cleveland special. The rich culture, traditions and, of course, food from over 100 ethnic groups makes Cleveland a much richer city.

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Welcome to Cleveland

Helping Monika

Over 1,500 of the daily visitors to ClevelandPeople.Com visit from outside the US. The website has been serving as a Virtual Welcoming Center to people from all over the world. We ask the appropriate Ambassador to assist us with specific cases.

For example, we received an e-mail from a visitor named Monika in Poland. The message was in Polish so we asked Polish Ambassador John Borkowski to translate for us.

Basically, Monika is coming to the Cleveland Clinic and is nervous. She doesn't know anyone or the language.

We sent Monika's information to many on our Polish (and other) lists and the response was terrific. Several organizations and individuals will be assisting and welcoming Monika.

What a terrific group of Cleveland People!

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Do you need a Hungarian Flag? A shirt that says "I love Slovenian girls"? How about a sign that says No Parking except for Irish Grandmother?

These and hundreds of other items for your particular ethnic group are available for browsing at our on-line store. It's safe, fast, easy and fun. And there is a wide selection you will never find in the stores!


What is Cleveland's greatest asset?
Cleveland People Sure we love the distinct 4 seasons (most of the time).

And we love the great cultural and civic resources such as University Circle, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lake Erie, the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians and so much more.

But it's the people that make Cleveland special. The rich culture, traditions and, of course, food from over 100 ethnic groups makes Cleveland a much richer city.

This site serves as a portal to reach the many interesting groups of people that make up Cleveland. While you will want to click on a link of a group that you belong to or are familiar with, why not check out some other groups and see what they have to offer?

If you are from outside the Cleveland area, even outside the US, please contact us to see what our area has to offer you and your family. We think you will be amazed at the opportunities.

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