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CAMEO 47th anniversary
CAMEO 47th anniversary
The Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian political action organization established in 1970. Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish presided over the swearing in of CAMEO officers and presented proclamations to each.

CAMEO Officers


Photos and videos of the CAMEO event

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2017 Cleveland International Hall of Fame
2017 Hall of Fame Induction
The 2017 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame was inducted in front of 500 people on April 18th.

2017 Cleveland International Hall of Fame class



Seated - Mona Alag, Basil Russo, Marianna Miller
Standing - Seung Kim, Wael Khoury MD, Jim Craciun


Photos and Videos up soon.

More about the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

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Croatian Folk Art: Lace & Embroidery
Croatian Folk Art: Lace & Embroidery
The Croatian Heritage Museum & Library in Cleveland (Eastlake) Ohio is committed to the collection and preservation of Croatian history, culture, source materials, and artifacts. Their most recent exhibit is Croatian Folk Art: Lace & Embroidery which runs from March 10 - October 31, 2017.

Croatian Folk Art: Lace & Embroidery exhibit at Croatian Heritage Museum in Cleveland


Photos and video of the Croatian Folk Art: Lace & Embroidery Exhibit

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New Cultural Gardens President
New Cultural Gardens President
Sheila Murphy Crawford concluded her term as president of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation and welcomed her successor Dr. Wael Khoury.

Sheila Crawford and Wael Khoury

Sheila Crawford and Wael Khoury



Photos and videos from the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation Board Installation

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Teaching Mass
Teaching Mass
What does a priest wear and why? Why do we sometimes say the Apostle's Creed and sometimes the Nicene Creed? What does 'Alleluia' mean?

Fr. Patrick Schultz of Communion of Saints Parish preached a one night Inter-Parish Mission at St Ann Church called "Come to the Feast." It was a "Teaching Mass" and Fr. Patrick explained many aspects of the Mass. It answers qustions for Catholics and others.

Fr. Patrick Schultz

Fr. Patrick Schultz


More from the Teaching Mass

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St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017
St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017
The United Irish Societies of Greater Cleveland is a non-profit organization consisting of representatives from 27 Irish Organizations whose primary purpose is to organize the Cleveland's St. Patrick's Day Parade. Cleveland's Parade is Ohio's oldest and finest comprising approximately 10,000 participants in 125 units.

The theme of the 2017 Parade was celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Parade in Cleveland.

The 2017 Parade Honorees were:

  • Grand Marshal Roger S. Weist
  • Irish Mother of the Year Angela Murphy
  • Co-Chairs John Patrick Lackey and Margaret Lynch

Grand Marshall Roger Weist blows the whistle to start the Parade

Grand Marshall Roger Weist blows the whistle to start the Parade


Photos and Video of the National Anthems, Dignitaries and Whistle blowing

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St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017 - Division 1
St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017 - Division 1
Division 1 included the Irish American Club East Side, Holy Name Societies, Red Hat Society, Plumbers Local 55, Murphy Irish Arts Center, Sea of Blue, Burning River Roller Girls, Cleveland 19 News, Cleveland Metroparks, St Ignatius HS Marching Band, Pipefitters Local 120, Alpacas, Cleveland Polonia, St Helen Unicycle Drill Team, The Corrigans, Elevator Constructors Local 17, Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland Asian Festival, Rolling Thunder POW/MIA, Ohio State Alumni, Cleveland Indians, St Brendan Parish and the Weed Man.

Irish American Club East Side Float at St Patrick's Day Parade in Cleveland

Irish American Club East Side Float


Photos and Video of Division 1 of the Parade

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St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017 - Division 2
St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017 - Division 2
Division 2 included the West Side Irish American Club, Gaelic Football Club, Pioneers, St Martin de Porres band, Irish Wolfhounds, Painter Union, Krazy Kops, St Pat's Westpark, Cleveland Right to Life, Lake Metroparks, Red Cross, Notre Dame College Band, Cleveland State, Wizard World, O'Hare School of Irish Dance, University Circle, Cleveland Vegan Society, Mentor Fire Fighters, Magnificat HS, St Vincent-St Mary HS band, Local 3 Heat and Frost, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Boy Scouts, Thistledown, Jack Casino and Millwrights Local 1090.

West Side Irish American Club

West Side Irish American Club Float


Photos and Video of Division 2 of the Parade

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St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017 - Division 3
St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017 - Division 3
Division 3 included the Leneghan Academy, St Malachi, Great Lakes Science Center, South Central HS Marching Band, Great Lakes Brew, Wickliffe Percussion, The Blue Gavel, Tom Patton, TNT Starlettes, Knights of Columbus, Ohio Rose of Tralee, Cleveland Ceili Club, St Ed's Trash Talkers, Cleveland Hiking Club, Wiremen's Shamrock Club, Irish Setter Club, Irish Northern Aid, Cathedral Latin, NDCL High School band, Academy Irish Dance and the Cleveland Rovers Rugby Club.

Ohio Rose of Tralee

Ohio Rose of Tralee Float


Photos and Video of Division 3 of the Parade

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St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017 - People Page
St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017 - People Page
Who do you recognize?

Sheila Murphy Crawford and Marilyn Madigan

Sheila Murphy Crawford and Marilyn Madigan


Photos and Video of People at the Parade

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Maslenitsa 2017
Maslenitsa 2017
The Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden hosted its annual Maslenitsa celebration at the Rockefeller Greenhouse.

It featured Best Bliny and Babuskha contests, Russian music, kids games, food and a special concert by some young students.



The Top 3 Best Blini Winners

The Top 3 Best Blini Winners


Photos and videos of the 2017 Maslenitsa

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Young People's Concert at Maslenitsa 2017
Young People's Concert at Maslenitsa 2017
Young (ages 6-16) students of pianist and instructor Olga Druzhinina from Olga's Music Studio performed in the Rockefeller Greenhouse at Maslenitsa.


The young performers and their teacher

The young performers and their teacher


Photos and videos of the performance at the 2017 Maslenitsa

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People and Costumes at Maslenitsa 2017
People and Costumes at Maslenitsa 2017
The colorful and traditional costumes were one of the highlights of the 2017 Maslenitsa.


Maslenitsa costumes

Photos of people and costumes at the 2017 Maslenitsa

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Senator Rob Portman meets with Eastern European ethnic leaders
Senator Rob Portman meets with Eastern European ethnic leaders
United States Senator Rob Portman has become a leading expert on the situation in Ukraine, the Baltics, Eastern Europe and Russia. He met with a few dozen leaders of Cleveland's Eastern European ethnic communities at Café 55 on East 55th to discuss US policy and answer their questions about Crimea, Ukraine, Russia, NATO, the Baltics and so on.

Thanks to Andrew J. Futey, President, Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, for setting this up.

Ethnic leaders with Senator Rob Portman

Ethnic leaders with Senator Rob Portman


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2017 5th Annual Kurentovanje Parade
2017 5th Annual Kurentovanje Parade
The 5th annual Cleveland version of the most popular carnival in Slovenia - Kurentovanje - began with a parade. The units gathered at Sterle's on East 55th and marched up St Clair to the Slovenian National Home.

5th annual Sloevenian Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland


See photos and videos from the Kurentovanje Parade

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Kurentovanje Festival
Kurentovanje Festival
After the Parade, the Kurentovanje celebration continued at the Slovenian National Home. Music, dancing, food and fun.

Councilman Mike Polensek, Kurent and Slovenian Consul General Andrej G. Rode

Councilman Mike Polensek, Kurent and
Slovenian Consul General Andrej G. Rode



See photos and videos from the Kurentovanje Celebration

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Folklorna Skupina Kres at Kurentovanje
Folklorna Skupina Kres at Kurentovanje
The Folklorna Skupina Kres was established in 1954 and the current group of Kres Slovenian Folklore Dancers performed at the 5th annual Cleveland Kurentovanje Festival.

Kres Slovenian Folk Dance at Cleveland Kurentovanje

See photos and videos from the Folklorna Skupina Kres at Kurentovanje

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PIAST Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble
PIAST Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble
The PIAST Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America performed at the 2017 Kurentovanje Festival at the Slovenian National Home. The dancers performed a Pysanky Dance where the young ladies dressed as Easter Eggs - pysanky - and the young men dressed as roosters. They also danced some old Warsaw polkas.

PIAST Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble Pysanky dance at Kurentovanje


More from the PIAST performance at Kurentovanje

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Cleveland ethnic leaders meet with Mayor Frank Jackson and others

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, City Council president Kevin Kelley, Global Cleveland President Joe Cimperman and Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams met with about 120 leaders of Cleveland's ethnic communities. The purpose was to have a dialog, answer their concerns and have a conversation about Cleveland’s local response to international relations in our community.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, Joe Cimperman, Mayor Frank Jackson and Council president Kevin Kelley

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, Joe Cimperman,
Mayor Frank Jackson and Council president Kevin Kelley


Photos and videos from the event

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Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce launch
Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce launch
A sold out crowd attended the launch of the Greater Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

Su He, Grace Wang, Kim Kirkendall, Antony Yen, Eddie Ni, Dr. Yan Hu and Xuhong Zhang

Su He, Grace Wang, Kim Kirkendall, Anthony Yen,
Eddie Ni, Dr. Yan Hu and Xuhong Zhang


See photos and videos of the Cleveland Chinese Chamber launch event

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Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University Chinese New Year
Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University Chinese New Year
The Confucius Institute hosted a celebration of Chinese New Year on Saturday February 4, 2017. 15 performers showcased various aspects of Chinese culture such as music, dance and martial arts.

Young girls at celebration of Chinese New Year


See photos and videos of the Chinese New Year performances

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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.

ClevelandPeople.Com Philosophy

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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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