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Harrison Dillard passes away at age 96
Harrison Dillard passes away at age 96
The world has lost a great champion. Cleveland's own Harrison Dillard is the only person to ever win Olympic Gold in both hurdles and sprints. Beyond being a great athlete, he was a great man and a great Clevelander.

Harrison Dillard holding one of his Olympic torches (photos by Debbie Hanson)

Harrison Dillard with one of his Olympic torches


We recorded a message from Harrison Dillard to the people of Cleveland. He will be missed. Rest in Peace, Champ.


Listen to a brief message from Harrison Dillard to the people of Cleveland.

See photos and our official profile of Harrison Dillard

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Committee to establish a Mexican Cultural Garden
Committee to establish a Mexican Cultural Garden
A group of community leaders and volunteers gathered in the Hispanic Alliance Building on Wednesday October 23, 2019 to begin the process of establishing a Mexican Cultural Garden.

Group photo of Mexican Cultural Garden planning committee

Group photo of Mexican Cultural Garden planning committee


See more from the planning meeting and see how you can be involved.

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Egyptian Cultural Garden in the works
Egyptian Cultural Garden in the works
A group has been formed to establish an Egyptian Cultural Garden, part of the chain of Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Three representatives, Samy Tanious, Bishoy Mikhail, and Hadia Tawadros made a presentation to the board of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens federation on October 21, 2019. They described the organization and displayed a mockup of the proposed Egyptian Cultural Garden.

Plan for an Egyptian Cultural Garden

Plan for an Egyptian Cultural Garden


The motion to have this group join the Federation and work to establish an Egyptian Cultural Garden passed unanimously.

Samy Tanious, Hadia Tawadros and Bishoy Mikhail

Samy Tanious, Hadia Tawadros and Bishoy Mikhail


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Cleveland's Ethnic Diversity on Display
Cleveland's Ethnic Diversity on Display
Cleveland is a diverse city with about 120 distinct ethnic heritages represented. We at ClevelandPeople.com and the Cleveland International Hall of Fame believe that this ethnic diversity makes us a much richer city and that we should all celebrate this fact.

We asked people from various ethnic groups to create a tile representing their heritage. These 3 quilts are a product of that effort. We hope that other ethnic groups will want to add their own tile to these patchworks showcasing our ethnic diversity.

Cleveland ethnic diversity quilts

The quilts are available for loan to ethnic museums and organizations and for special events. See more about the ethnic heritage display

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Kol Israel 2019 Holocaust Memorial
Kol Israel 2019 Holocaust Memorial
Kol Israel Foundation is an organization of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, their families, and supporters. Each year they hold an annual Memorial Service "in memory of the six million innocent Jewish men, women and children who perished by the hands of the Nazis. Though their bodies have perished, their souls and their spirit will forever remain immortal." The annual Memorial Service was held at Zion Memorial Park in Bedford Heights on Sunday October 6, 2019. It was co-sponsored by Kol Israel Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

After the ceremony, Holocaust survivors in attendance gathered for a group photo.

Holocaust Survivors at Kol Israel Memorial

Holocaust Survivors at Kol Israel Memorial


Photos and videos of the 2019 Holocaust Memorial

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Cleveland State Confucius Institute Teacher Appreciation Day
Cleveland State Confucius Institute Teacher Appreciation Day
The Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University hosts an annual Teacher Appreciation Day. Hundreds of teachers and students gathered on October 4, 2019 to learn about Chinese language and culture teaching and learning. They also heard about the Chinese Summer Bridge Camp and other opportunities available to both teachers and students

Dr. Yan Xu

Dr. Yan Xu, Director of CSU-CI


More photos and video of the 2019 Teacher Appreciation Day

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Mahatma Gandhi 150th birthday Celebration
Mahatma Gandhi 150th birthday Celebration in India Cultural Garden
The Federation of Indian Community Associations (FICA) hosted a celebration on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi in the India Cultural Garden in Cleveland on October 2, 2019. Though it was raining steadily, many people assembled to honor Gandhi in the Garden.

Posing with the statue of Gandhi

Posing with the statue of Gandhi


Photos and videos of the Gandhi celebration

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Cleveland Armenian Festival
Cleveland Armenian Festival
The annual Cleveland Armenian Festival at St. Gregory of Narek Church in Cleveland was held September 20-22, 2019. There was music, dancing, food, games, Church tours and more.

Cleveland Armenian Festival ladies making desserts

Cleveland Armenian Festival ladies making desserts


Photos and video of the Cleveland Armenian Festival

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Hamazkayin Armenian Dance Ensemble at Armenian Festival
Hamazkayin Armenian Dance Ensemble at Armenian Festival
The Hamazkayin Armenian Dance Ensemble from Detroit is a 15 year old dance group from Detroit with 140 dancers. They performed at the annual Cleveland Armenian Festival at St. Gregory of Narek Church in Cleveland.

Hamazkayin Armenian Dance Ensemble dancers

Hamazkayin Armenian Dance Ensemble dancers


Photos and videos of the Hamazkayin Armenian Dance Ensemble
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St. Gregory of Narek Armenian Church Virtual Tour
St. Gregory of Narek Armenian Church Virtual Tour
The annual Cleveland Armenian Festival at St. Gregory of Narek Church in Cleveland was held September 20-22, 2019. Church tours were given but we took our own walk through the beautiful grounds and Church.

St. Gregory of Narek Armenian Church

St. Gregory of Narek Armenian Church


Photos and video of St. Gregory of Narek Church

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One World Day 2019 in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens
One World Day 2019 in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation hosted the 74th annual One World Day on August 25, 2019. Police estimates say that over 30,000 people visited the Gardens and attended One World Day.

Parade of Flags at 2019 Cleveland One World Day - Cleveland Cultural Gardens banner

Photos and videos of the 74th annual One World Day

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Parade of Flags at 74th annual One World Day
Parade of Flags at 74th annual One World Day
A highlight of One World Day is the Parade of Flags where people in costumes of their heritage carry the flags. This year was undoubtedly the largest and most colorful in memory. Efforts were made to include communities that do not (yet) have a Cultural Garden and they were warmly welcomed.

Parade of Flags at 2019 Cleveland One World Day - Puerto Rican

Puerto Rico in the Parade of Flags

Photos and videos of the Parade of Flags

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Baltic Way remembered and reenacted
Baltic Way remembered and reenacted
A very special event took place just as the Parade units reached the reviewing stand. The Baltic Way or Baltic Chain was a peaceful political demonstration that occurred on 23 August 1989. Approximately two million people joined their hands to form a human chain spanning 675.5 kilometers (419.7 mi) across the three Baltic states – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, which were considered at the time to be constituent republics of the Soviet Union.

To commemorate this historic event and in keeping with the Cultural Gardens motto of "Peace through Mutual Understanding" a remembrance of the Baltic Way took place.

Baltic Way in Cleveland on One World Day

The beginning of the lengthy Baltic Way remembrance


Photos and videos of the Baltic Way

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Naturalization Ceremony on One World Day
Naturalization Ceremony on One World Day
After the Parade of Flags, people gathered in the Serbian Garden for the traditional Welcome and Naturalization Ceremony. This began with the posting of the colors by a Cleveland Police Color Guard and the singing of the National Anthem led by the Kosovo Choir.

Then there were remarks from Serbian Cultural Garden president Alex Machaskee, Cleveland Cultural Gardens president Dr. Wael Khoury, past-president Sheila Crawford, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, County Council's Yvonne Conwell and City Council's Kevin Conwell.

Judge Solomon Oliver Jr.

Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. administered the Oath of Citizenship


That was followed by the highlight of the Naturalization Ceremony: the swearing in of almost 2 dozen new citizens from all over the world.

Photos and videos of the Naturalization Ceremony

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Chinese Cultural Garden in Parade of Flags at 2019 One World Day
Chinese Cultural Garden in Parade of Flags at 2019 One World Day
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation hosted the 74th annual One World Day on August 25, 2019. Police estimates say that over 30,000 people visited the Gardens and attended One World Day.

A highlight of One World Day is the Parade of Flags where people in costumes of their heritage carry the flags. This year was undoubtedly the largest and most colorful in memory. Efforts were made to include communities that do not (yet) have a Cultural Garden and they were warmly welcomed.

The Chinese group had one of the largest marching units in the Parade.

Chinese Garden group after the Parade of Flags

Chinese Garden group after the Parade of Flags


See photos and videos of the Chinese Garden in the 2019 Parade of Flags

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Yuri Gagarin Bust Unveiled in the Russian Cultural Garden
Yuri Gagarin Bust Unveiled in the Russian Cultural Garden
Yuri Gagarin was a Russian cosmonaut who became the first human to journey into outer space, completing one orbit of Earth on April 12, 1961. Gagarin became an international celebrity and was awarded many medals and titles, including Hero of the Soviet Union, his nation's highest honor. He was honored with a bust in the Russian Cultural Garden in Cleveland during the One World Day celebration.

Svetlana Stolyarova before the Gagarin bust unveiling

Svetlana Stolyarova before the Gagarin bust unveiling


See photos and videos of the Gagarin bust unveiling.

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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 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.

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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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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