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Vietnamese Cultural Garden on 74th annual One World Day
Vietnamese Cultural Garden on 74th annual One World Day
The Cleveland Vietnamese community was out in full force at the 74th annual One World Day on the site of the upcoming Vietnam Cultural Garden. There was music, entertainment, food and fun as members of the Vietnamese community shared their culture with thousands of visitors on One World Day.

Vietnamese Cultural Garden on One World Day in Cleveland

Vietnamese Cultural Garden on One World Day in Cleveland


See photos and video of the Vietnamese Cultural Garden on One World Day

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16th Annual Slovenian Sausage Festival
16th Annual Slovenian Sausage Festival
As the t-shirt says "The party doesn't start until the sausage comes out!" And what a party it was.

The 16th Annual Slovenian Sausage Festival had enough sausage and polka music to satisfy everyone. More than 1,300 hungry music-lovers enjoyed eight hours of polka music and savory sausages. The event was hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at the SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio. Fifty musicians and accordionists, including Canada's Polka King Walter Ostanek, volunteered their services at the fund-raiser for the Polka Hall of Fame.

 Bill Azman; Consul General of Slovenia Alenka Jerak; Marie Azman, Polka Hall of Fame President Joe Valencic; and Trustee Denny Bucar.

Bill Azman; Consul General of Slovenia Alenka Jerak; Marie Azman, Polka Hall of Fame President Joe Valencic; and Trustee Denny Bucar.


See more, including a short video, of the Slovenian Sausage Festival

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Ethiopian Cultural Garden Phase 1 Dedication
Ethiopian Cultural Garden Phase 1 Dedication
The Ethiopian Garden is the first garden from an African country in the 100+ year history of the gardens. The unveiling ceremony for Phase 1 of the Ethiopian Garden took place on Saturday August 24, 2019 with Fitsum Arega, Ethiopian ambassador to the United States, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Ethiopian artist Yetimgeta Zerihun in attendance.

Ethiopian Garden monument covered before the unveiling

Ethiopian Garden monument covered before the unveiling

See photos and videos of the ceremony and unveiling.

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People at the Ethiopian Cultural Garden Phase 1 Dedication
People at the Ethiopian Cultural Garden Phase 1 Dedication
A large crowd gathered for the unveiling ceremony for Phase 1 of the Ethiopian Garden and everyone wanted to pose in front of the monument.

Ladies at Ethiopian Garden dedication

See photos and videos of some of the crowd.

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Detailed Look at the Ethiopian Cultural Garden Monument
Detailed Look at the Ethiopian Cultural Garden Monument
The front was designed by artist Zerihun Yetmgeta with each panel on the front depicting a broad period of Ethiopian history. he Back Panel is titled "When the Sun Gets the Moon".

Back side of Ethiopian Garden mural

See photos and more of the new monument.

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Baltic Way commemorated at One World Day
Baltic Way commemorated at
The 74th annual One World Day was amazing. Lots of photos and videos coming soon but a highlight was before the Parade of Flags.

Honorary Consul of Lithuania Ingrida Bublys was joined by Honorary Consul of Estonia Mary Nippert and TV news anchor Chris Tanaka at the 74th annual One World Day in the Cultural Gardens of Cleveland Ohio. Consul Bublys told of the Baltic Way that took place 30 years earlier in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The marchers in the Parade of Flags at One World Day, led by delegations from the Baltic countries, commemorated this historic event by forming their own human chain joining hands along Martin Luther King Blvd. in Cleveland. The Cleveland commemoration of the Baltic Way was produced by Dan Hanson with Angela Woodson, Al Griffin and members of their team and the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian communities to show solidarity with the ideals of the historic Baltic Way and showcase the diversity of Cleveland.

Enjoy this video oo the Cleveland Chain.



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51st Annual Puerto Rican Parade
51st Annual Puerto Rican Parade
The 51st annual Cleveland Puerto Rican Parade was held Sunday August 4th. The Parade was put on by the Hispanic Police Officers' Association (HPOA) which has been proudly serving it's members and the greater Cleveland community since it was founded in 1986.

The 2019 Parade Honorees were:

  • Olga Rosado, Grand Marshal
  • Ruben Estremera, Padrino
  • Lisa Roman, Madrina
  • Nayseth González, Miss Teen Puerto Rico 2019

2019 Cleveland Puerto Rican Parade girl


See photos and videos of the Puerto Rican Parade

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51st Annual Puerto Rican Festival
51st Annual Puerto Rican Festival
After the 2019 Cleveland Puerto Rican Parade, the crowds gathered at Roberto Clemente Park for a Festival with music, food, camaraderie and dignitaries.

Ruben Estremera, Padrino

Ruben Estremera, Padrino


See photos and videos of the 2019 Cleveland Puerto Rican Festival

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American Nationalities Movement Captive Nations Awards Ceremony
American Nationalities Movement Captive Nations Awards Ceremony
The American Nationalities Movement of Ohio held its 57th annual Captive Nations dinner program on Thursday July 18, 2019 and honored Rick DeChant Jr., John Sabol and Gia Hoa Ryan with the Freedom Award.

Irene Morrow, Rick DeChant, Gia Hoa Ryan, John Sabol and Ralph Perk Jr.

Irene Morrow, Rick DeChant, Gia Hoa Ryan, John Sabol and Ralph Perk Jr.


Photos and videos of the ANM event

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Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio 2019 Medical Yatra
Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio 2019 Medical Yatra
A 'Yatra' is a holy pilgrimage. For years, Dr Jaya Shah and Ramesh Shah have led an AIPNO Medical Yatra to tend to the needs of the poorest in different areas of India. Many of the people that the team of doctors see and treat have never had any contact with a medical professional.

AIPNO Educating Teachers and Students in Dental and CPR

AIPNO Educating Teachers and Students in Dental and CPR


See facts and photos from the 2019 Medical Yatra

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Cleveland American Middle East Organization 28th Annual Picnic
Cleveland American Middle East Organization 28th Annual Picnic
The Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) held their 28th Annual Picnic on Sunday and a good time was had by all.

Working the grill at CAMEO picnic - Nemer Saueidi, Faris Alameh and Tony Abdulkarim

Working the grill at CAMEO picnic
Nemer Saueidi, Faris Alameh and Tony Abdulkarim

Judge Rocky Perk and Pierre Bejjani

Judge Rocky Perk and Pierre Bejjani


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RIP Ben Stefanski
RIP Ben Stefanski
Ben Stefanski was a community leader and philanthropist especially in his beloved Slavic Village neighborhood. He was a history buff who brought that knowledge to current problems such as crime, poverty and clean water.

He worked on numerous projects including the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, regional leader for the Kosciuszko Foundation, worked and accomplished much for the City of Cleveland under Mayor Michael White, and in his earlier years was with Third Federal Savings and Loan, a national financial institution founded by his family.

Ben passed away on Saturday July 6, 2019.

Ben Stefanski speaks at One World Day 2009 in the Polish Cultural Garden

Ben Stefanski speaks at One World Day 2009 in his beloved Polish Cultural Garden


Official ClevelandSeniors.com profile of Ben Stefanski

We were proud that Ben served as Polish Ambassador for ClevelandPeople.com

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Liszt Concert in the Hungarian Cultural Garden
Liszt Concert in the Hungarian Cultural Garden
Each year the Hungarian Cultural Garden puts on a free performance featuring the music of Franz Liszt for the community. The last several years the talented students and teachers from the Aurora School of Music led by founder and director Vera Holczer-Waroquet, have performed.

Carina Vincenti

Carina Vincenti performing accompanued by Vera Holczer


Photos and videos of the entire Liszt concert in the Hungarian Garden

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Cleveland Cultural Gardens Centennial Peace Plaza Groundbreaking
Cleveland Cultural Gardens Centennial Peace Plaza Groundbreaking Ceremony
On June 11, 2019 the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Centennial Peace Plaza in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

Groundbreaking of the Centennial Peace Plaza

Groundbreaking of the Centennial Peace Plaza


Photos and videos of the Centennial Peace Plaza Groundbreaking

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10th annual Cleveland Asian Festival
10th annual Cleveland Asian Festival
The 10th annual Cleveland Asian Festival was held on the weekend of May 18 and 19 in Cleveland's AsiaTown neighborhood on Payne Avenue. It has become a not-to-miss annual event with great entertainment, food, shopping and fun.

MC Jennifer Luu with Hawaiian dancers

MC Jennifer Luu with Hawaiian dancers

See photos and videos from the 2019 Cleveland Asian Festival

John Cosma and OCA Dragon Team

OCA Cleveland Dragon Team at CAF


2019 CAF Photo Page - who do you recognize?

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Saint Pope John Paul II bust dedication
Saint Pope John Paul II bust dedication
A statue of Saint John Paul II was dedicated on May 18, 2019 in the Polish Cultural Garden in Cleveland, Ohio. Dignitaries including Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley and Councilman Tony Brancatelli spoke as did the world-renowned sculptor of the bust, Andrzej Pitynski. Bishop Roger Gries and Father Jerzy Kusy blessed the new addition to the Garden.

Opera singer Dorota Sobieska performed as did the PIAST Polish dance ensemble.

Gene Bak

Gene Bak

PIAST with John Paul II bust

PIAST dancers with John Paul II bust


See photos and videos of the St. John Paul II bust dedication event



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Lebanese Cultural Garden Groundbreaking
Lebanese Cultural Garden Groundbreaking
Phase 1 of the plans to create a Lebanese Cultural Garden, part of the chain of Cleveland Cultural Gardens, took place on Saturday May 4, 2019 with a ceremonial groundbreaking event. Pierre Bejjani, Chairman of the American Lebanese Community Council said "The dream has become a reality."

Lebanese Cultural Garden

Lebanese Cultural Garden


Dignitaries including Omar Maalouf, Vice President of World Lebanese Cultural Union North America, and Consul General of Lebanon Suzan Mouzi Yassine came to Cleveland for the event and were joined by local civic and community leaders - and the next generation.

Kids in Lebanese Cultural Garden


Photos and videos from the Groundbreaking Ceremony.

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Thank you Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman
Thank you Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman
Thank you Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman for the kind words for the 10th anniversary.

Senator Rob Portman letter to Cleveland Internatiuonal Hall of Fame

Senator Sherrod Brown letter to Cleveland Internatiuonal Hall of Fame


Congratulations to the 2019 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

2019 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Standing L-R Paul Burik, Dr. Akram Boutros, Sree Sreenath.
Seated L-R Marilyn Madigan, Richard Fleischman, Ingrida Bublys




Cleveland International Hall of Fame

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Cleveland International Hall of Fame 2019 Class
Cleveland International Hall of Fame 2019 Class
What a night! Look for photos and videos soon. Here is a video of Chris Tanaka interviewing the 6 inductees in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.



Cleveland International Hall of Fame

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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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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.

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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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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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