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Cleveland Asian Festival named Best festival
Cleveland Asian Festival named Best festival
The Cleveland Asian Festival was named Best Festival by Cleveland Hot List voters. The Cleveland Hot List (http://cleveland.cityvoter.com) features more than 6,000 businesses competing for the title of Cleveland's best. The results are based on more than 100,000 votes from local experts.

Press release about the Cleveland Asian Festival honor

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A great day for the Irish - and all
A great day for the Irish - and all
The 148th Cleveland St Patrick's Day Parade was a great success. Lots of photos and videos will be posted soon.

To get you in the mood, here is a video of the The Irish American Club Eastside (IACES) Pipe Band performing a traditional Irish medley as a warmup before marching.



The theme of the 2015 Parade was "150 Years: Celebrating the Role of the Irish in the American Civil War"

The float that won the Best of Parade honor was from the Irish American Club East Side and depicted the Union Army 69th Regiment Irish Brigade and the Richmond County Georgia 5th Regiment "Irish Volunteers".

Watch this video showing the float and explaining the "moving" horse and working cannon.



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Cleveland International Hall of Fame - 2015 Class
Cleveland International Hall of Fame - 2015 Class
The people who will induct the 2015 class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame have been announced (alphabetical order):
  • Shiv K. Aggarwal
    inducted by Michael Sreshta
  • Richard Ganim
    inducted by Pierre Bejjani
  • Steve Mulloy (posthumous)
    inducted by Mayor Jane Campbell
  • Bishop Anthony Pilla
    inducted by Sam Miller
  • Richard Pogue
    inducted by Sanjiv Kapur
  • Dick Russ
    inducted by Loree Vick
  • Honorable José A. Villanueva
    inducted by José Feliciano

The induction ceremony will be on Wednesday April 29, 2015 in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott at Key Center.

This event always sells out. You can order tickets, sponsorships and ads in the collector's edition program book now by contacting Debbie at deb@clevelandpeople.com or directly at 216-406-6594.

Congratulations to these very worthy inductees.

More on the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

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Lunar New Year at Cleveland State University
Lunar New Year at Cleveland State University
The Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University, Asian Services In Action, Inc., the Chinese American Faculty & Staff Association, Cleveland Asian Festival, the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association, the Chinese Professionals and Entrepreneurs Association, the Cleveland Public Library, Media Design Imaging, OCA Cleveland Chapter, and Westlake Chinese School gathered together for a celebration of the Lunar New Year.

Fashion at Chinese Lunar New Year at CSU


Photos and Videos from Lunar New Year at CSU

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Margaret W. Wong immigration seminar
Margaret W. Wong immigration seminar
Margaret W. Wong is a world-renown immigration attorney as well as an author, advocate and speaker. She hosted an immigration seminar in her Cleveland office and spoke about the existing changes to immigration law since President Obama's Executive Action of November 20, 2014 and the expected immigration reforms in the future.

Margaret Wong

Margaret Wong


Margaret W. Wong immigration seminar

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Tet Nguyen Dan
Tet Nguyen Dan
Tet Nguyen Dan and a new Morning of Hope for the Vietnamese-American Community by Joseph Meissner

This is a Tet Celebration morning. It is Tet Nguyen Danh, the huge festival season for Vietnamese all around the world.

Families will travel from all lands in order to return home at Tet. In Viet Nam they enjoy the warmth and sunshine, while on this Cleveland morning, all is gray with wet mushy snow everywhere. But all still celebrate here with the fruit baskets, the special candies of stringy white coconut, tasty dried fruits, nut-flavored watermelon seeds that you must crack open with your teeth, delicious banh chong cakes packed in the center with all sorts of fillings, "li si" of gaily decorated red envelopes containing new money gifts for the children, and the thin branches of the small flowering yellow buds that especially mark the coming of the New Year.

Read the rest of Joe's experience at the Tet event

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Turkish food and dining etiquette - TASO Turkish Coffee Night
Turkish food and dining etiquette - TASO Turkish Coffee Night
The Turkish American Society of Ohio-Cleveland (TASO) hosts a monthly Turkish Coffee Night in Cleveland to meet and share cultures. The topic of the February 28 event was Turkish food. Seyma Gurer explained that Turkish cuisine is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine which can be described as a fusion of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines.

Seyma Gurer and infant son

Seyma Gurer and baby

Learn more about Turkish food and dining customs

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Irish American Archives Society Walks of Life
Irish American Archives Society Walks of Life
The Irish American Archives Society (IAAS) was founded in 1994 to support the collection and preservation of archival materials that document the history of the Irish American experience in northeast Ohio.

Hundreds of Cleveland's Irish and their friends came together on February 26, 2015 to honor three distinguished recipients with the Walks of Life Award. Congratulations to: Terry Joyce, business manager of Building Laborers' Union Local 310, Linda Kane, senior vice president and treasurer of Forest City Enterprises Inc. and Patrick McLaughlin, Vietnam Veteran and former US Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Congratulations also to the two non-Irish recipients of the new Thomas F. Campbell Award Judge Raymond Pianka and Councilman Matt Zone.

IAAS Walks of Life 2015

IAAS Walks of Life 2015


Photos and videos from the Walks of Life

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Cleveland Cultural Gardens 68th annual One World Day
Cleveland Cultural Gardens 68th annual One World Day
For each of the last 67 years, the Cleveland Cultural Gardens have celebrated One World Day in the Gardens. August 23, 2015 will be the 68th annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. This annual event reflects the theme of the Gardens: "Peace through Mutual Understanding."

Press release about One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens

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ASIA's International Community Health Center Grand Opening
ASIA's International Community Health Center Grand Opening
The new International Community Health Center (ICHC) on the 2nd floor of the Asian Town Center on East 38th Street fills the need for what ASIA's Executive Director Michael Byun called "Culturally Competent Medical Care" in Cleveland's AsiaTown.

International Community Health Center

International Community Health Center

Photos and videos from the ICHC Grand Opening

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Maslenitsa in Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden
Maslenitsa in Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden
The Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden hosted its first annual Maslenitsa celebration on the site of their coming Garden. The snow and cold was not a problem for the event - it was a welcome necessity! Maslenitsa is celebrated outside in Russia so outdoor activities are expected and part of the fun.

Posing with the matryoshka cutouts

Posing with the matryoshka cutouts

5 pages of Photos and videos from maslenitsa

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Armenian Cultural Garden in the Snow
Armenian Cultural Garden in the Snow
The Armenian Alphabet stands out in the snow of Winter 2015.

Armenian alphabet in the snow in Cleveland Armenian Cultural Garden


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Rotary Club of Cleveland 2015 International Fellowship Day
Rotary Club of Cleveland 2015 International Fellowship Day
The Rotary Club of Cleveland hosted their annual International Fellowship Day in Cleveland Ohio on February 5, 2015. The event featured the presentation of the International Service Award to Dr. Delos “Toby” M. Cosgrove, Chief Executive Officer and President, Cleveland Clinic.

Toby Cosgrove receives award from Paul Qua and Ingrida Bublys

Dr. Toby Cosgrove receives award from Paul Qua and Ingrida Bublys

Photos and videos of the Rotary event honoring Toby Cosgrove

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66th Republic Day of India
66th Republic Day of India
Federation of India Community Associations (FICA)hosted their annual celebration of Republic Day on January 24, 2015. The event included cultural performances form students from the Hindu Heritage School in Solon and Kuchipudi dances, Bollywood dancing and a guitar trio of U of Akron grad students.

Kuchipudi dancers

Kuchipudi dancers Srinija Adibhatla and Archana Poota


3 pages of photos and videos from Republic Day

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White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) held a Community Listening Session at Ariel International Center on January 28, 2015. The event was coordinated by City of Cleveland Community Relations Board Asian Liaison Chia-Min Chen.

White House Initiative team

White House Initiative team

Photos, videos and resources from the AAPI event

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Adventure to Greece
Adventure to Greece
The ClevelandPeople.Com Food Adventurers travelled to Greece to sample Greek food, drink, music and culture.

One of the highlights was a Greek Zeibekiko Dance Song played by Kosta Revelas on a tetrachordo (four pairs of strings) bouzouki.

The adventure was at the Mad Greek Restaurant in Cleveland Heights. People who enjoy trying different foods and learning about different cultures participate in the Food Adventurer's group. Learn more about the Food Adventures.



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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 1,000 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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