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Polish Constitution Day 2018 in Parma
Polish Constitution Day 2018 in Parma

The Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791 is celebrated in Cleveland with events including a parade and ceremony in Parma in Polish Village.

2018 Polish Constitution Day Parade in Parma - Fr. Eric Orzech, MC Bruce Kalinowski and Mark Relovsky

Parade crew - Fr. Eric Orzech, MC Bruce Kalinowski and Mark Relovsky


Click on the links below to see photos and videos of the Parade, Ceremony and People at the 2018 Polish Constitution Day in Parma.

2018 Polish Constitution Day in Parma - Ceremony

Patricia and Joseph Rutkowski

Patricia and Joseph Rutkowski, the wife and son of the late Francis Rutkowski who was posthumous Grand Marshall of the Parade


2018 Polish Constitution Day Parade in Parma

Polish recital by Henryk Sienkiewicz School students

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Polish Constitution Day 2018 in Slavic Village
Polish Constitution Day 2018 in Slavic Village

he historic Polish neighborhood in Slavic Village is home to an annual ceremony and parade celebrating the Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791.

students from a Polish School in Cleveland recited poetry in Polish

Students reciting in Polish


Click on the links below to see photos and videos of the Parade, Ceremony and People at the 2018 Polish Constitution Day in Slavic Village.

2018 Polish Constitution Day in Slavic Village - Ceremony

2018 Polish Constitution Day Parade in Slavic Village

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Chinese heritage of Cleveland Asian Festival headliners
Chinese heritage of Cleveland Asian Festival headliners

Larissa Lam and Baldwin Chiu (aka Only Won) are the headline performers of the 2018 Cleveland Asian Festival. In this interview with Dan Hanson they told about a documentary film they produced called Finding Cleveland (Mississippi) that dealt with Chinese relatives and others in the Deep South which led to learning about the Chinese Exclusion Act and even the Transcontinental Railroad. They also spoke about their Cantonese roots and told whether their Chinese heritage has hurt, helped or been neutral for their careers.



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Tulips in bloom in the Turkish Cultural Garden
Tulips in bloom in the Turkish Cultural Garden

Last fall, volunteers gathered to plant tulip bulbs in the Turkish Garden. Now their efforts have paid off.

Tulips in the  Turkish Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio

Tulips in the Turkish Cultural Garden

Photos of the Tulips in the Turkish Cultural Garden

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Icelandair Airline Launch in Cleveland
Icelandair Airline Launch in Cleveland

On April 25, 2018 the International Business Network meeting centered on the Icelandair announcement of flights to and from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The new Icelandair flight service from Cleveland to Europe will begin in May and includes a variety of options for stopovers in Iceland.

Icelandair and IBN leaders

Icelandair and IBN leaders


Photos and videos of the Icelandair event

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Cleveland American Middle East Organization 48th anniversary
Cleveland American Middle East Organization 48th anniversary

The Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian political action organization established in 1970. They celebrated their 48th anniversary at a dinner event at St. Elias Cultural Center.

CAMEO honored Dr. Mansoor Ahmed, Mr. Ali Faraj and Kan Zaman Middle Eastern Restaurant at the event.

Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) board with honorees

Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) board members Faris Alameh, Pierre Bejjani, Sam Tanious, Tony Abdulkarim and Abby Mina with honorees Dr. Mansoor Ahmed and Mr. Ali Faraj


Photos and video of the CAMEO 48th anniversary event

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

Well over 500 people attended the induction of the 9th class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame on Tuesday April 17, 2018.

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

It was an inpsiring evening. Look for photos and videos up soon.

Cleveland International Hall of Fame

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Rotary Club of Cleveland 2018 International Fellowship Day
Rotary Club of Cleveland 2018 International Fellowship Day

"The Rotary Club of Cleveland hosted their annual International Fellowship Day in Cleveland Ohio on March 15, 2018. The event featured the presentation of the International Service Award to Ingrida Bublys, Honorary Consul General Republic of Lithuania.

Ingrida Bublys with flowers

Congratulations Ingrida Bublys


Valarie J. McCall, the Chief of Government & International Affairs of the City of Cleveland, gave the keynote address.

Chief Valarie McCall keynote

Chief Valarie McCall keynote


See more photos and videos from the Ingrida Bublys award at the Rotary



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Senator Rob Portman and American Nationalities Movement
Senator Rob Portman and American Nationalities Movement

US Senator Rob Portman joined the American Nationalities Movement of Ohio at the Lithuanian Community Center in Cleveland to discuss a variety of foreign policy topics, including how he, as co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, will continue to work to bring attention to Russia’s actions and provide support for our Eastern European allies.

US Senator Rob Portman with nationality leaders at Lithuanian Center in Cleveland

US Senator Rob Portman with nationality leaders
at Lithuanian Center in Cleveland


See more from Senator Portman's meeting with ethnic leaders in Cleveland

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Latvian Mittens
Latvian Mittens

"For Latvians mittens are rooted so deeply in customs, traditions and mythology that they have become an attestation of our identity." Ziedonis, a Latvian poet

The Cleveland Latvian community gathered for an exhibition of Latvian mittens. Thanks to Anda Cook for her guidance and Inara Liepa for the photos.

Latvian mittens from Cleveland area Latvians on display

Latvian Mittens on display

Latvian mittens from Cleveland area Latvians on display


See more from the Latvian Mitten Exhibit

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Confucius Institute Chinese New Year Gala
Confucius Institute Chinese New Year Gala

The Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University hosted a Chinese New Year Celebration for the Year of the Dog on Saturday February 24.

Provost  Dr. Jianping Zhu, the Chief Academic Officer of the University with Dr. Yan Xu, Director, and Xuhong Zhang, Associate Director of the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University with MCs

Provost Dr. Jianping Zhu, the Chief Academic Officer of the University with Dr. Yan Xu, Director, and Xuhong Zhang, Associate Director of the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University with the event MC's


Hundreds of people watched 19 performances and then enjoyed a reception.

Red Lantern dance performance by ladies from the World Qipao United Association of US Ohio Chapter

Red Lantern dance performance by ladies from the
World Qipao United Association of US Ohio Chapter


You can watch videos and see photos of all the performances.

See 6 pages of photos and videos from Ohio China Day 2018

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Kuchipudi dance on brass plate
Kuchipudi dance on brass plate

The Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University hosted a Chinese New Year Celebration for the Year of the Dog on Saturday February 24. An Indian Kuchipudi dance on brass plate was performed by Srinija Adibhatla.

Indian Kuchipudi dance on brass plate by Srinija Adibhatla

Indian Kuchipudi dance on brass plate by Srinija Adibhatla


See video and more photos of the Kuchipudi Dance

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Ohio China Day 2018 in Cleveland
Ohio China Day 2018 in Cleveland

Ohio China Day 2018 was celebrated with a Chinese New Year Gala in Cleveland Public Auditorium on February 24, 2018.

Ohio China Day 2018 banner


It was organized by Chinese Communities in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Buffalo including Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association, Cleveland Contemporary Chinese School and in Partnership with the City of Cleveland.

Attendees enjoyed spectacular Chinese New Year performances and activities including Lion Dance, Martial Arts, Folk Art Performance, Authentic Chinese Foods, Children's Activities, Chinese Drawing, Calligraphy and more.

Ohio Contemporary Chinese School Parents Dance Troupe

Ohio Contemporary Chinese School Parents Dance Troupe


Congratulations to Producers Chia-Min Chen, Liming Wang, Nianfa Tang, Bo Li and Zhiqiang Wang.

See 3 pages of photos and videos from Ohio China Day 2018

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Lithuania's 100th anniversary celebration of Independence
Lithuania's 100th anniversary celebration of Independence

On February 16, 2018, Lithuanians all over the world celebrated the birth of a new Lithuania. This date is like a bridge between the old Lithuania born on July 6, 1253 and the new independent Lithuania restored on March 11, 1990. Had it not been for February 16, there would have been no events of 11 of March, nor the subsequent success story.

The Centennial of the new Lithuania is a success story. The main achievements are as follows: Lithuania has become a player of the European and world history, with its modern civil society aware of the importance of freedom and the responsibility that goes with it, and with new emerging vistas for action for the Lithuanian state and its people.

On February 17, 2018 members and friends of the Lithuanian communities of Cleveland, Toronto, Montreal and more gathered for a beautiful and meaningful ceremony at Cleveland State University.

Lietuva Lithuania 100th anniversary sign

5 pages of coverage with videos of the entire ceremony and hundreds of photos are as follows:

Main Page 1 of 100th anniversary of Lithuania event

Page 2 - Svyturys and Gintaras Dancers

Page 3 - Choirs at 100th anniversary of Lithuania event

Page 4 - Dancers backed by Choir at 100th anniversary of Lithuania

Page 5 - Combined groups Grand Finale


Grand Finale of Lithuania's 100th anniversary celebration of Independence in Cleveland

Grand Finale of Lithuania's 100th anniversary
celebration of Independence in Cleveland


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Russian Maslenitsa 2018
Russian Maslenitsa 2018

The Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden hosted the 4th annual Maslenitsa celebration at the Rockefeller Greenhouse. It featured Best Bliny and Babuskha contests, Russian music, kids games, food and more.



Russian lollipops - Petushki

Russian lollipops - Petushki


Photos and videos of the 2018 Maslenitsa

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Chinese New Year - signs of the Chinese Zodiac
Chinese New Year - signs of the Chinese Zodiac

Instructors Lu Geng, Hui Pang, Yufei Guo and Xiaocong Ding, and volunteer painter Yufei Li from the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University moderated the Chinese New Year Celebration organized by the Cleveland Public Library on Saturday, Feb 3. The instructors from the Confucius Institute demonstrated Chinese calligraphy and traditional Chinese painting using the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac as models for the demonstration.

Yufei Li and a girl born in the year of the Tiger

Yufei Li and a girl born in the year of the Tiger


See more of the Confucius Institute Painting Event

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2018 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland
2018 Kurentovanje Parade in Cleveland

The 6th annual Cleveland version of the most popular carnival in Slovenia - Kurentovanje - was a weeklong event featuring dinners, a dance party, bocce tournament and more. But the highlight was the annual Kurentovanje parade followed by the festival celebration in the Slovenian National Home.

Creature at Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade

Scaring away winter at the Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade


View videos and photos of the 2018 Kurentovanje parade in Cleveland

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2018 Kurentovanje Festival in Cleveland
2018 Kurentovanje Festival in Cleveland

After the Kurentovanje Parade, the festivities continued inside the Slovenian National Home including music, dancing, food, drink and camaraderie.

Prince and Princess of Kurentovanje - Philip Monreal and Abigail Bartlett

Prince and Princess of Kurentovanje - Philip Monreal and Abigail Bartlett


One of the highlights was the performance by Folklorna Skupina Kres who performed two dances at the 2018 Kurentovanje festival.

Folklorna Skupina Kres

Folklorna Skupina Kres dancers


View videos and photos of the 2018 Kurentovanje Festival

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8th Annual International Cleveland Expo
8th Annual International Cleveland Expo

The mission of the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) is to "Celebrate Cleveland's multicultural communities through collaboration and cooperation on initiatives that promote the prosperity of the region and its diverse people".

One of the most popular of ICC-WIN's activities is the annual Multicultural Holiday Party. The 2017 event, held at the Global Center for Health Innovation, was the 8th annual party. Hundreds of people from dozens of diverse backgrounds gathered to sample international foods, watch performances, view an international fashion show and meet and socialize with others.

International Fashion Show

Cleveland's diversity on display


See photos and videos of the Cleveland Multicultural Holiday Celebration

ClevelandPeople.Com was honored to be the offical Media Sponsor of this great annual holiday event.

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International Fashion Show
International Fashion Show

A highlight of the 8th Annual ICC-WIN Cleveland Multicultural Holiday Celebration on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland was the International Fashion Show featuring almost 100 models from about 30 countries.

Nader Soliman and Hadia Tawadros representing Egypt

Nader Soliman and Hadia Tawadros
representing Egypt


There are 2 pages of photos and videos from the Fashion Show.

See photos and videos of the Cleveland International Fashion Show

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Multicultural People Watching in Cleveland
Multicultural People Watching in Cleveland

It was a lot of fun watching the people in traditional ethnic costumes at the 8th Annual ICC-WIN Cleveland Multicultural Holiday Celebration.

Take a look and see if you recognize anyone.

Mother Tugce Sareyyuoglu and young daughters Ceren and Defne Posing with a map of Turkey

Tugce Sareyyuoglu and daughters Ceren and Defne
representing Turkey


See photos of the diverse people at the Cleveland Multicultural Holiday Celebration

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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




More about the 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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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.

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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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