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99 Red Balloons in German Garden
99 Red Balloons in German Garden
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens are unique in the world and one of Cleveland's treasures. The first Garden in the chain (now at 30) was started in 1916 making 2015 the 99th year of the Gardens. To celebrate, members of the Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation (CCGF) hosted a free lunchtime concert and fun event in the German Cultural Garden at 1036 East Blvd.

Why the German Garden?

The Goethe-Schiller monument in the German Garden is the largest of any statue in the Gardens and made a great backdrop for a fun event capitalizing on the 1993 German pop song called 99 Luftballons (99 Red Balloons).

The Cleveland Donauschwasbe Blaskapelle (brass band) performed and free German food will be available. In a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity, attendees posed holding 99 red balloons (courtesy of Pink Gorilla) while the band played the popular song. Out of respect for the environment, the balloons were not be released as originally planned.



There were brief remarks from the Honorary German Consul Diane Thimmig, Cleveland Councilman Tony Brancatelli, Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation president Sheila Crawford, German Garden delegate Hans Kopp telling about the monument and more.

The 70th annual One World Day on August 23, 2015 will be the official kickoff of the Centennial Year of the Gardens.

The German food was provided courtesy of Five Star Meats, Orlando Bakery, Hofbrau House, Phuel Café, RJ Lipton and Coke.

Lots of photos and videos soon

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Slovenian Statehood celebration and Farewell to Consul Jure Zmauc
Slovenian Statehood celebration and Farewell to Consul Jure Zmauc
The celebration of 24 years of Slovenian Statehood in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall was bittersweet. This was the 6th and final event for Consul General Jure Zmauc who is completing his service in the US and moving back to Slovenia.

Jure and Janja Zmauc

Jure and Janja Zmauc

2 pages of Video, Photos and more from the City Hall event

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2015 Juneteenth Event
Juneteenth in Cleveland
The African-American Cultural Garden in Cleveland opened their new office on Central at East 79th by hosting a celebration of Juneteenth. Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day is a holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas in June 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South.

Stephen D. Hood as Dr. George Washington Carver

Karamu actor Stephen D. Hood as Dr. George Washington Carver

2015 Juneteenth celebration in Cleveland

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Dubrovnik Garden Croatian Adventure
Dubrovnik Garden Croatian Adventure
The Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport event in June 2015 was at the Dubrovnik Garden Restaurant in the Croatian Lodge at 34900 Lakeshore Blvd in Eastlake. People who enjoy trying different foods and learning about different cultures participate in the Food Adventurer's group. The first 50 Passport holders who RSVP'd enjoyed a sumptuous Croatian meal and learned about the country, culture, customs and, of course, food of Croatia.

The Croatian community is deservedly proud of their Croatian Lodge and many members were on hand to talk about Croatia and their community. The event covered Croatian food, history, language, customs and people.

The food was delicious and plentiful, ending with polychinka, a fine crepe batter with different fillings, for dessert.

Being served polychinka for dessert

Being served polychinka for dessert

Photos and videos from the Adventure to Croatia

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St. Casimir Way street sign unveiled
St. Casimir Way street sign unveiled
For years, there has been an unnamed street that connects MLK Blvd to Ansel Rd. just a block East of the twin towers of the historic Polish Church, St. Casimir, built in the American Architectural Style called "Polish Cathedral Style". St Casimir parishioner, John Niedzialek, whose family have been members for over a hundred years felt that an unnamed access street should have a name in order for people to easily find it. He worked with city officials for over 2 1/2 years to make " St. Casimir Way" a reality.

After the 11:30 AM Mass on June 14, 2015, a procession marched from the Church to the roadway where a short ceremony took place and the street sign was unveiled. Parishioners were joined by children in traditional costumes, Polish Veterans groups and others.

Procession from St Casimir Church to new St Casimir Way street sign

Photos and Videos of the St Casimir Way ceremony

St Casimir Way


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2015 Umoja Parade
2015 Umoja Parade
Umoja is the Swahili word for "unity". On Saturday June 6, 2015 the 5th annual Umoja Parade and Festival was held in downtown Cleveland.

The Parade featured Buffalo Soldiers, Tuskegee Airmen, Shaw High School Marching Band and the African-American Cultural Garden.

Shaw High School Marching Band at Umoja Parade in Cleveland

Shaw High School Marching Band


Photos and videos from the 2015 Umoja Parade

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Over 45,000 attended Cleveland Asian Festival
Over 45,000 attended Cleveland Asian Festival
A record crowd of 45,018 attended the 6th annual Cleveland Asian Festival over the weekend of May 16 & 17, 2015.

CAF Executive Board

CAF Executive Board


Record Crowds at 2015 Cleveland Asian Festival Press Release

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Busts of Nikola Tesla and Vuk Karadžic dedicated in Serbian Cultural Garden
Busts of Nikola Tesla and Vuk Karadžic dedicated in Serbian Cultural Garden
Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic (Father Zivojin - St. Sava Church in Parma) and Hieromonk Platon (Father Platon, Monastery Marcha in Richfield)blessed the 2 new busts in the Serbian Cultural Garden at a dedication ceremony.

Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic and Hieromonk Platon bless the Tesla statue

Blessing the Tesla bust


Photos and videos from the Serbian Cultural Garden Dedication

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Serbian Cultural Garden Video Tour and Busts
Serbian Cultural Garden Video Tour and Busts
The Serbian Cultural Garden in Rockefeller Park, which together with a chain of more than 30 other nationality gardens, is an international symbol of peace and cultural diversity. Busts include King Peter I, Bishop Njegos, Nikola Tesla, Vuk Karadzic, Mihajlo Pupin, Stevan Mokranjac and a life-size icon of St. Sava, the Serbian patron saint.

Bishop Petar Njegos bust

Bishop Petar Njegos bust


Photos and video from the Serbian Cultural Garden

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Continental Cup 10th Anniversary - Get involved!
Continental Cup 10th Anniversary - Get involved!
The International Children's Games (ICG) is an International Olympic Committee-sanctioned event held every year where children from cities around the world and between the ages of 12 and 15 participate in a variety of sports and cultural activities. In 2004, Cleveland became the first US city to host the ICG.

The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission has kept the spirit of youthful international sports competition with the annual Continental Cup.

Parade of Flags


Now in it's 10th year, the Continental Cup International Youth Sports Festival is the premier internationally-driven youth sports event in the United States. Combining competitions in three sports (soccer, basketball, baseball) with a focus on cultural exchange between athletes from different countries, the Continental Cup is a one-of-a-kind and once-in-a-lifetime event!

Canada parade


More on the Continental Cup and how you can participate

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Asian Heritage Day in Cleveland
Asian Heritage Day in Cleveland
Each year the City of Cleveland celebrates Asian Heritage Month with an event at Cleveland City Hall. Sometimes the event includes performances and speeches. The 2015 event was a little different.

Mayor Jackson prsented a proclamation to Chia-Min Chen

Mayor Jackson presents proclamation to Chia-Min Chen honoring Asian Heritage Day in Cleveland


Photos and video from the Asian Heritage Day event

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Polish Constitution Day Celebration
Polish Constitution Day Celebration
Judge Raymond Pianka was the Grand Marshall for the 2015 Polish Constitution Day Parade in Slavic Village.

At the end of the Parade, people gathered on the steps of the Shrine Church of Saint Stanislaus for music and a program.

Gene Bak, Eugenia Stolarczyk, Councilman Tony Brancatelli and Ben Stefanski marching in Parade

Gene Bak, Eugenia Stolarczyk,
Councilman Tony Brancatelli and Ben Stefanski
marching in the Parade


3 pages of Photos and Videos from Constitution Day in Slavic Village.

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Cleveland American Middle East Organization 45th Anniversary
Cleveland American Middle East Organization 45th 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 45th anniversary of the group was celebrated at a dinner event at St. Elias Cultural Center on May 2, 2015.

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and the new CAMEO Board

County Executive Armond Budish and the new CAMEO Board


Photos and videos of the CAMEO 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 16th 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.

Hannah Herc and Melanie Kahn

Hannah Herc and Melanie Kahn


Photos and Videos from King's Day 2015 in Cleveland

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Diversity Center of Cleveland Walk Rock and Run 2015
Diversity Center of Cleveland Walk Rock and Run 2015
Walk, Rock & Run unifies communities across Northeast Ohio while raising awareness of diversity issues. Since 2002, The Diversity Center has partnered with The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to host Walk, Rock & Run which celebrates diversity.

Key Bank group

Key Bank group


Photos and Videos of Walk Rock and Run 2015

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African American Cultural Garden Groundbreaking
African American Cultural Garden Groundbreaking
The African American Cultural Garden is part of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF). The CCGF is the group of dedicated volunteers who clean up the Gardens, plant flowers, shrubs and trees and raise money for statues and monuments. There are almost 30 gardens in the CCGF chain along East and MLK Boulevards in Cleveland.

For over 30 years there was a plot reserved for the African American Cultural Garden on MLK Blvd. There was a sign and some events were held there but progress was slow. Now, Phase 1 of the Garden has begun. This was celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony in the African American Cultural Garden on Monday May 11, 2015.

Mayor Jackson with the African American Cultural Garden group

Mayor Jackson with the African American Cultural Garden group

Main Ceremony page

Dancers, drummers and Groundbreaking page

People at the Ceremony page

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Easter 1916 Commemoration
Easter 1916 Commemoration
Marilyn Madigan, Irish Historian of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (Cleveland) told about the men and women who fought in Easter Week at the Pride of Erin in Cleveland Ohio at an Easter 1916 Commemoration on the 99th anniversary of the declaration of Irish independence and the armed rebellion to oppose English tyranny.

Marilyn Madigan

Marilyn Madigan


The event was organized by Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and Irish Northern Aid.



More from the 1916 commemoration event

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HOLA Mexican Dancers at Cleveland City Hall
HOLA Mexican Dancers at Cleveland City Hall
The HOLA Mexican Dancers performed classic Mexican dances at the City of Cleveland's 2015 Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.

HOLA Mexican Dancers

HOLA Mexican Dancers


More photos and videos of the HOLA Mexican Dancers

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Cinco de Mayo at Cleveland City Hall
Cinco de Mayo at Cleveland City Hall
The City of Cleveland celebrates Cinco de Mayo out of respect for its Mexican population specifically but for the Hispanic and broader community as well. A luncheon event was held at Cleveland City Hall on May 5, 2015.

Santa Cecilia Mariachi Band

Santa Cecilia Mariachi Band


See photos, videos and more from Cinco de Mayo 2015 in Cleveland

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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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7 Minutes with Russ
7 Minutes with Russ
It was a lot of fun appearing on 7 Minutes with Russ Mitchell this morning on WKYC. If you missed it here is link to the video.

If you are interested in the Cleveland International Hall of Fame, see more here.

To sign up for free e-News about any (or all!) ethnic groups in Cleveland, sign up here. It's easy and free.

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Murphy Irish Dancers win World Championship
Murphy Irish Dancers win World Championship
The Murphy Irish Senior Dancers spent Easter Week in Montreal, Canada competing with more than five thousand Irish dancers from all over the world. And they won! They are the World Champions!

A panel of seven judges - also from around the world - scored the dancers 475 out of 500 available points. They outscored their closest competitor by over 100 points. It is estimated that more than 20,000 people were spectators and had the opportunity to witness the competition.

A win like this does not come easy. Competition is stiff and the dancers need to practice constantly. Few athletes practice as much, and in this Superbowl of Irish Dancing it paid off for the Murphy Irish Senior Dancers.

World Champion Murphy Irish Dancers

World Champion Murphy Irish Dancers


More from the Murphy Irish Dancers win in Montreal


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Russ Mitchell - ClevelandPeople.Com Ambassador
Russ Mitchell - ClevelandPeople.Com Ambassador
We are proud to announce that WKYC Lead Anchor Russ Mitchell is the newest ClevelandPeople.Com Ambassador.

Ambassadors to ClevelandPeople.Com are individuals who are outstanding representatives of Cleveland's diverse cultures and heritages. They have demonstrated great dedication to the advancement of a particular community and/or to the greater good of honoring and celebrating the ethnic groups and communities that make our city and region more vibrant.

Russ worked at CBS News in New York and covered the war in Bosnia, went to the Democratic Republic of Congo and interviewed then President Laurent Kabila, reported from Cuba, India, Indonesia and The Marshall Islands. Though born in St. Louis, Russ has been adopted by his new home of Cleveland.

Welcome aboard Russ.

Russ Mitchell

Russ Mitchell


Read more about Russ Mitchell and the other Ambassadors

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Cleveland Cultural Gardens 68th annual One World Day
Cleveland Cultural Gardens 68th annual One World Day
For each of the last 67 years, the Cleveland Cultural Gardens have celebrated One World Day in the Gardens. August 23, 2015 will be the 68th annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. This annual event reflects the theme of the Gardens: "Peace through Mutual Understanding."

Press release about One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens

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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
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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.

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Cleveland People

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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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Helping Monika

Over 1,000 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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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.

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