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Cleveland Cavs Championship Parade
Cleveland Cavs Championship Parade
We were offered media credentials for the historic Cleveland Cavaliers Championship Parade on June 22, 2016 but did not apply because we wanted to be part of the people celebrating rather than standing inside barricades. And we are so glad we did. Watching parade highlights later in the day on TV we were amazed at how what they showed on TV was so different from what we experienced. TV showed fans behind barricades with the streets wide open as the parade circled the Q and Progressive Field. But on East 9th Street there were no barriers and fans converged from both sides of the street almost meeting in the middle. Mounted and other Police did their best to keep people back as the parade came down East 9th. But as you will see in the videos it was very close up and very real.

Cleveland City Hall


Cleveland Cavs Championship Parade - Street Level

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Alex Machaskee honors George Voinovich
Alex Machaskee honors George Voinovich
Alex Machaskee, retired publisher of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and honorary Consul of the Republic of Serbia, spoke about the late Senator George Voinovich at a ceremony in the Serbian Cultural Garden. He shared a few stories about Sen Voinovich who was one half Serbian and a great friend of the Serbian and other Cleveland Cultural Gardens.



Senator George Voinovich tribute page

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RIP George Voinovich
Senator George Voinovich
The shocking and sad news of the passing of beloved Mayor/Governor/Senator George Voinovich came just a day or so after his appearance at the Republic of Slovenia 25th Independence Day celebration in Cleveland City Hall. We saw Sen. Voinovich at the Slovenian Independence Day event and he looked healthy and sharp. His ad lib speech when called to the podium was classic George Voinovich - humble, smart and caring.

Senator George Voinovich

Senator George Voinovich on June 10,2016

Leaders in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens paid tribute to the Senator on Sunday morning - watch the video clips.

Also Senator George Voinovich was inducted into the inaugural class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in 2010. See his impressive bio from that event.

Senator George Voinovich tribute page

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25th anniversary of Slovenian Independence
25th anniversary of Slovenian Independence
The 25th anniversary of the creation of the Republic of Slovenia in 1991 was celebrated in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall on Friday June 10, 2016.

Dignitaires included Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the U.S. Božo Cerar, Gorazd Zmauc, Minister of the Republic of Slovenia for Slovenians Abroad, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Slovenian Consul General Andrej Gregor Rode and Senator George Voinovich.

Mike Polensek, Mayor Frank Kackson, Minister Gorazd Žmavc, Ambassador Božo Cerar and Senator George Voinovich

Mike Polensek, Mayor Frank Jackson, Minister Gorazd Žmavc,
Ambassador Božo Cerar and Senator George Voinovich


25th anniversary of Slovenian Independence program

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RIP George Voinovich
RIP George Voinovich
We were shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Mayor/Senator/Governor George Voinovich. We just saw the Senator on Friday night at the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Slovenia event at City Hall.

Pictures and more will be posted soon but here is the video of the Senator's remarks that evening.



August Pust and Senator George Voinovich were both inducted in the inaugural class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. Here they are with wives (Janet and Gloria) Friday bight.

August Pust, Janet and George Voinovich and Gloria Pust

August Pust, Janet and George Voinovich and Gloria Pust


Rest in Peace Senator Voinovich

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Senator George Voinovich Tributes
Senator George Voinovich Tributes
Before the Centennial celebration in the British Cultural Garden, a few people shared their thoughts on the passing of Senator George Voinovich who meant so much to the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Senator Voinovich's establishment of the Holden Park Trust is a continuing contribution to the upkeep of the Gardens.

Cultural Gardens President Sheila Murphy Crawford told how George Voinovich was her paper boy and how close the families were.



Chris Ronayne, president of University Circle Inc., told how George Voinovich was a part of Cleveland.



Estonian Garden delegate Erika Puussaar told how much Senator Voinovich meant to the Baltic States - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - as he helped get them into NATO.



Paul Burik, past-president of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens remembered the Serbian Garden dedication which Senator Voinovich attended.



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Cleveland American Middle East Organization 46th Anniversary
Cleveland American Middle East Organization 46th Anniversary
Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) is a Bi-partisan Political Action Organization that was established in 1970. It is designed to articulate the political interest of more than 100,000 Northeastern Ohio residents of Middle Eastern heritage, Arab Americans.

The 46th anniversary of the group was celebrated at a dinner event at St. Elias Cultural Center on May 20, 2016.

The two honorees that evening were Fred Bourjaily and Dr. James Zogby.

Abby Mina, Dr. James Zogby, Pierre Bejjani and Tony Abdulkarim

Abby Mina, Dr. James Zogby,
Pierre Bejjani and Tony Abdulkarim


Photos and videos of the CAMEO event

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U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Group visits Ukrainian Museum
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Group visits Ukrainian Museum
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington sent four of its researchers and scholars to Cleveland on May 19-20, 2016 to see the WW II and post-war Displaced Persons Camp collections at the Ukrainian Museum-Archives. The Holocaust Museum will be signing an agreement with Ukrainian archival institutions.

Henry Mayer from the US Holocaust Museum presnets book to Andy  Fedynsky

Henry Mayer from the US Holocaust Museum
presents a book to UMA's Andy Fedynsky


Photos and Videos from the Ukrainian Museum Archives event

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Alan Freed Memorial
Alan Freed Memorial
Alan Freed was a Cleveland disc jockey who has been called the "Father of Rock and Roll." He coined and popularized the term "rock and roll" and produced the nation's first rock concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball at the Cleveland Arena, in 1952. This was an important part of the decision to have the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum built in Cleveland, Ohio.

A memorial was held and an unveiling of a monument at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland on May 7, 2016. and hundreds of fans and music industry people attended.

Little Steven Van Zandt and Norm N. Nite with Alan Freed monument

Little Steven Van Zandt and Norm N. Nite
with newly unveiled Alan Freed monument


Photos and video of the Alan Freed event

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Polish Constitution Day in Cleveland's Slavic Village
Polish Constitution Day in Cleveland's Slavic Village
The Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791 was the first constitution to follow the 1788 ratification of the United States Constitution. May 3 was restored as an official Polish holiday in April 1990, after the fall of communism. It is celebrated in Cleveland with events including a parade in Slavic Village.

Mayor Jackson and PIAST girls

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and PIAST ladies



After the Parade people gathered in front of the Shrine Church of Saint Stanislaus for a program.

Ben Stefanski

Parade Grand Marshall Ben Stefanski


Polish Constitution Day Parade in Slavic Village

Polish Constitution Day Celebration in Slavic Village

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Polish Constitution Day in Parma
Polish Constitution Day in Parma
The 2016 Polish Constitution Day celebration in Parma Ohio was the 68th annual event and 2nd largest in the US outside of Chicago.

Miss Polonia and Jr. Miss Polonia

Miss Polonia and Jr. Miss Polonia

Grand Marshall Eugenia Stolarczyk

Parade Grand Marshall Eugenia Stolarczyk


Polish Constitution Day Parade in Parma

Polish Constitution Day Celebration in Parma

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CWRU Center for International Affairs
CWRU Center for International Affairs
The Case Western Reserve University International Achievement Dinner honors contributors to international education at Case Western Reserve University. The April 2016 event featured Ambassador Richard L. Armitage, former deputy secretary of state (2001-2005) and president of Armitage International as the keynote speaker.

David Fleshler, Barbara Snyder and Ambassador Richard L. Armitage

Vice Provost David Fleshler, President Barbara Snyder
and Ambassador Richard L. Armitage


Photos and videos from the CWRU Event

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Dutch King's Day
Dutch King's Day
King's Day is the biggest national event in Holland. Everything and everyone turns orange and celebrates on King's Day.

In Cleveland, the Dutch community just celebrated The 17th Annual State of Ohio Birthday Celebration of the Netherlands' Monarch sponsored by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands, The Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce - Great Lakes (NACC), and VMI Group.

Martin van den Berg

Martin van den Berg
Treasurer of the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce


Orange tulips for King's Day


Photos and Videos from King's Day 2016 in Cleveland

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Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Cleveland International Hall of Fame
What a Night!
A full house (500) was on hand for the induction of the 2016 Class:

  1. Dr. Mohan Bafna
  2. Carolyn Balogh
  3. Arnie de la Porte (posthumous)
  4. Jack Kahl
  5. Rev. Mikhail Mikhail
  6. Khalid Samad
  7. Eugenia Stolarczyk

See bios of the inductees

Photos and videos coming soon!

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Cleveland Cultural Gardens Centennial Gala
Cleveland Cultural Gardens Centennial Gala
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) hosted a gala event at the Intercontinental Hotel to celebrate the Centennial of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. The first Garden (Shakespeare Garden which became the British Garden) was established in April 1916 so 100 years are being celebrated all year. There are special events planned in the Gardens, the creation of a Centennial Plaza and One World Day on August 28, 2016.

Chris Ronanyne, Sheila Crawford and Dick Russ

Keynote Speaker Chris Ronayne, CCGF President Sheila Crawford
and MC Dick Russ at the Cultural Gardens 100th Gala


Photos and videos from the Gardens Gala

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Mayor Frank Jackson honored at Cleveland Rotary
Mayor Frank Jackson honored at Cleveland Rotary
The Rotary Club of Cleveland hosted their annual International Fellowship Day in Cleveland Ohio on April 7, 2016. The event featured the presentation of the International Service Award to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

Don't miss the comprehensive and eloquent responses that Mayor Jackson gave during the Q&A portion of the event.



Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski, Mayor Frank Jackson, Richard S. Pollak and Ingrida Bublys

Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski, Mayor Frank Jackson,
Richard S. Pollak and Ingrida Bublys


Photos and videos from the event

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Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt Exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art
Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt Exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art Presents Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt. The Exhibition examines the myths and realities of the Egyptian kings' power through extraordinary ancient objects from the British Museum.

Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt brings 3,000 years of ancient Egyptian history to life through some of the finest objects from the British Museum's vast holdings and several of Cleveland's own masterworks. The first Egyptian art exhibition organized at the Cleveland Museum of Art since 1996, Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt looks past the myth to reveal the carefully designed personas of the Egyptian kings and explore the realities of daily life for the ancient royals.

Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt, a centennial special exhibition, is on view in the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Hall from March 13 through June 12, 2016.

Pharaoh exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art

Photos and videos of the Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt Exhibit

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Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport to Lithuania
Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport to Lithuania
The ClevelandPeople.Com Passport Adventurers travelled to Lithuania via the Cleveland Lithuanian Club.

They learned about Lithuanian history, language, music, culture and, of course, food. They listened to Virginija Juodisius-Rubinski play traditional Lithuanian songs played on the kankles which is a Lithuanian plucked string musical instrument of the zither family.

The entrees included Cepelinai, the national dish of Lithuanian along with Kugelis (potato pudding), Vedarai (potato sausage) and a more familiar sausage and sauerkraut.

Linas Johansonasexplaining the entrees

Linas Johansonas explaining the entrees


Photos and videos of the Passport Adventure to Lithuania

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Welcome to Cleveland
Welcome to Cleveland



Members of the Stabrova Youth Ballet
welcome you to Cleveland


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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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On-line store for browsing and shopping

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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