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50th Annual Puerto Rican Parade
50th Annual Puerto Rican Parade
According to the Cleveland Puerto Rican Parade website "A parade celebration of Puerto Rican arts and culture has been observed by Cleveland's Puerto Ricans each summer since the late 60s. Its purpose has been to bring together the city's residents and to educate the community-at-large about the rich Puerto Rican culture. As we celebrate 50 years of history, we welcome the next organizers, Hispanic Police Officers' Association, and look forward to a gleaming future for this event.

Ivan Papo Ruiz, Padrino and Selina Pagan, Madrina at 2018 Puerto Rican Parade in Cleveland

Ivan "Papo" Ruiz, Padrino and Selina Pagan, Madrina of the Parade


The Puerto Rican Parade of Greater Cleveland carries a strong history of cultural awareness, pride, and education, led by a resilient community who's love for their homeland, spirit of freedom, justice, and unity have never waivered. After 50 years, when the Parade's founders first celebrated their Puerto Rican heritage in the City of Cleveland, we proudly continue this legacy."

See photos and videos of the 2108 Cleveland Puerto Rican Parade

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50th Annual Puerto Rican Festival
50th Annual Puerto Rican Festival
After the 2018 Cleveland Puerto Rican Parade, the crowds gathered at Roberto Clemente Park for a Festival with music, food, camaraderie and dignitaries.

Officer Emmanuel Velez and 2018 Miss Puerto Rican Image Nayeli Claudio and  Runnerup Aleishka Marrero

Officer Emmanuel Velez and 2018 Miss Puerto Rican Image Nayeli Claudio and Runnerup Aleishka Marrero


See photos and videos of the 2108 Cleveland Puerto Rican Festival

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Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary celebration
Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary celebration
In 1978 Sheila Murphy made a trip to Ireland to take the teacher and adjudicator tests in order to open an Irish dance school with full recognition from An'Comisiun in Ireland. She passed both tests and started the Murphy Irish Arts Center in September of 1978. The Murphy Irish Arts Center 40th anniversary dinner dance was held July 21, 2018.

Sheila Murphy Crawford and Bob Crawford

Sheila Murphy Crawford and Bob Crawford


Photos and videos of the Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary celebration

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Moving the bust of Copernicus in the Polish Cultural Garden
Moving the bust of Copernicus in the Polish Cultural Garden
The bust of Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus in the Polish Cultural Garden was moved to make way for a new bust of Saint Pope John Paul II which will be added to the Polish Garden.

Click the white arrow to watch the video of mounting the bust of Copernicus. That is Cleveland International Hall of Famer Gene Bak in the video.



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Mayor Yvon Robert and Rouen delegation visit Cleveland
Mayor Yvon Robert and Rouen delegation visit Cleveland
Rouen is located on the River Seine in the north of France. It is the capital of the region of Normandy. There has been a Cleveland connection since the days of World War I when Professor George Crile was stationed in Rouen. Back in Cleveland, he was one of the co-founders of the Cleveland Clinic, which today has an agreement with the Rouen University Hospital. Rouen also has a history with Cleveland companies such as Lubrizol. In 2008 a formal Sister City relationship was established between Cleveland and Rouen.

Coat of Arms of Rouen France

Coat of Arms of Rouen France


To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of this relationship, a delegation from Rouen, led by Mayor Yvon Robert, visited Cleveland over the Bastille Day weekend. (The group was en route back to France as the French soccer team won the World Cup!)

Sister Cities Cleveland and Rouen representatives in Mayor's Room in Cleveland City Hall

Sister Cities Cleveland and Rouen representatives

More photos and video from the Rouen delegation visit

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Cleveland State Confucius Institute Chinese Bridge Summer Camp
Cleveland State Confucius Institute Chinese Bridge Summer Camp
The Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for High School Students took place between June 11 and June 25,2018 and was organized by the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University and Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge's Office based in Cleveland Ohio. The Chinese Bridge Summer Camp that was held in Chengdu and Beijing during June, 2018 was the perfect blend of learning the culture and sightseeing as our time was well-organized over the 14-day period. The camp gave the participants the opportunity to be submerged into the culture through both campus life and life through the lens of a tourist.

In front of the Leshan Giant Buddha

In front of the Leshan Giant Buddha


More photos and text about the 2018 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp

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36th annual Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival
36th annual Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival
Cleveland's Irish Cultural Festival is a non-profit, annual civic event, benefiting local and national charities while highlighting the many aspects of our Irish culture. They have donated more than $770,000.00 to local and national charities since their 1983 inception, due to your continued generous support. Attractions include: 24 performers on nine stages, a multitude of exhibits, and myriad kiosks representing some of the finest vendors in the United States. Cleveland's Irish Cultural Festival seeks to preserve, memorialize and document Irish History and Traditions and was the vision of founder John O'Brien, Sr.

Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival backdrop


See photos and videos from the 36th annual Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival

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Uilleann pipes (national bagpipe of Ireland) explained and played
Uilleann pipes (national bagpipe of Ireland) explained and played
Michael Vignoles both makes and plays the Uilleann pipes, the characteristic national bagpipe of Ireland. He explained the pipes at the 36th annual Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival and then played a song. (Click on the white arrow to watch)



More Uilleann pipes from the Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival

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Asian Lantern Festival preview - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Putting the head on a 200 foot dragon
Asian Lantern Festival preview - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Putting the head on a 200 foot dragon
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is transforming into an all-new summer experience beginning Thursday, July 19th during the first-of-its-kind Asian Lantern Festival, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children's. Each Thursday through Sunday for five weeks, hundreds of large-scale, colorful lanterns will illuminate the Zoo and offer an amazing and unique look in an exclusive, after-hours setting.

Frog Asian Lantern at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


In this preview of the Festival you will see a lot of colorful photos and videos of the lanterns. You will also see the crew putting the head on a 200' dragon in Waterfowl Lake.

utting the head on a 200' dragon in Waterfowl Lake

Photos and videos of the Asian Lantern Fest preview at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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8th annual Ohio Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) Legislative Day
8th annual Ohio Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) Legislative Day
The 8th annual Ohio Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) Legislative Day, Ohio's largest statewide AAPI advocacy event, took place on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium in Columbus. Over 300 Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders from across the state, including at least 70 high school and college students, attended the event.

Asian Services In Action (ASIA), Inc. sent 168 attendees from Northeast Ohio, including 80 Bhutanese refugees, filling up 3 charter buses to travel to the Statehouse.

Bhutanese refugees with Mayor Ron Falconi

Bhutanese refugees with Mayor Ron Falconi

See photos and more from the 8th annual Ohio AAPI Legislative Day

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Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art
Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art has done it again. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors is an amazing world-class exhibit that is nothing like you have ever seen, or experienced, before.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors celebrates the legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s 65-year career. The exhibition spans the range of Kusama’s work, from her groundbreaking paintings and performances of the 1960s, when she staged polka-dot “Happenings” in the streets of New York, to her widely admired immersive installations and the U.S. debut of her recent series of paintings, My Eternal Soul.

Visitors have the unprecedented opportunity to experience seven of Kusama’s captivating Infinity Mirror Rooms, including Where the Lights in My Heart Go (2016), exclusive to Cleveland. Additionally, a stunning array of large and vibrant paintings, sculptures, installations, works on paper and rare archival materials can also be seen.

Infinity Mirrored Room-Phalli's Field

Inside the Infinity Mirrored Room-Phalli's Field


See photos and videos from the Kusama Infinity Mirrors exhibit

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RIP Officer Vu Nguyen
RIP Officer Vu Nguyen
Sadly, Cleveland Police Office Vu Nguyen has passed away. “Patrol Officer Vu Nguyen immigrated to the United States during the Vietnam War with his parents and fifteen siblings. His story is truly one that defines America. He dedicated his life to serving others,” said the statement from Mayor Frank Jackson, Chief Calvin Williams and Safety Director Michael McGrath.

At the 2017 Cleveland Asian Festival, 15 Cleveland Police Officers of Asian heritage were honored including Vu Nguyen.

Cleveland Mayor Jackson, CPD Commander Jones and police officer of Asian Heritage

Cleveland Mayor Jackson, Office Vu Nguyen and CPD Commander Jones

Watch the video of the Asian Police honors at the Cleveland Asian Festival

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Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Workshop
Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Workshop

A Chinese painting and calligraphy event was held at the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University on June 2, 2018. Three artists made presentations on different Chinese art forms to a group of college students and staff from Marietta College, Ohio..

Participants show their calligraphy works with Huiwen Li, Ni Zhang, and Xiaocong Ding

Participants show their calligraphy works with
Huiwen Li, Ni Zhang, and Xiaocong Ding


See more from the Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Workshop

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AIPNO Medical Yatra 2018
AIPNO Medical Yatra 2018

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 Medical Yatra 2018

Two years ago Sandhya lost her leg. Today she took her first steps with her new prosthetic leg, Jaipur foot;
“I am happy, I can walk, I can go to work.
My family is very happy.”


Facts and photos from the 2018 Medical Yatra

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Cleveland Asian Festival 2018
Cleveland Asian Festival 2018

The 2018 Cleveland Asian Festival was another huge success. The 9th annual Cleveland Asian Festival was held on the weekend of May 19 and 20 in Cleveland's AsiaTown neighborhood on Payne Avenue. It has become a not-to-miss annual event with great entertainment, food, shopping and fun.

Posing at the Cleveland Asian Festival

Posing at the Cleveland Asian Festival


See many pages full of photos and videos from the 2018 Cleveland Asian Festival

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What a Night!
9th annual Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductions

The photos and videos from the 9th annual Cleveland International Hall of Fame induction are now posted at ClevelandInternationalHallofFame.com/. Well over 500 people attended the inspiring and fun evening.

Ralph Perk, Dr Atul Mehta, Abby Mina, Karen Pianka, Sister Alicia Alvarado and Sheila Murphy Crawford

Ralph Perk Jr., Dr Atul Mehta, Abby Mina,
Karen Pianka, Sister Alicia Alvarado and Sheila Murphy Crawford

You can nominate someone now for the 10th class which will be inducted Tuesday April 16, 2019.

Cleveland International Hall of Fame

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Hungarian Cultural Garden 80th anniversary
Hungarian Cultural Garden 80th anniversary

The Hungarian Cultural Garden was formally dedicated in 1938 making 2018 the 80th anniversary of the Garden. The Hungarian Cultural Garden is one of about 30 ethnic gardens in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. The Hungarian community and friends gathered in the Garden on June 24 for a look back and a look forward.

Several people who were at the 1938 dedication were also on hand for the 80th celebration.

Violet Sarosi, Richard Fleischman, Jenny Brown, Ted Horvath and Frank Dodish were present at the 1938 dedication and 80th anniversary

Violet Sarosi, Richard Fleischman, Jenny Brown, Ted Horvath and Frank Dodish were present at the 1938 dedication and 80th anniversary


See photos and videos from the 80th anniversary Hungarian Cultural Garden event

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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.

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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