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67th Republic Day of India
67th Republic Day of India
The Cleveland Indian community and friends gathered to celebrate the 67th Republic Day of India with cultural performances, presentations, food and dancing.

Young girl at India Republic Day


Photos and videos from Republic Day 2016.

Watch these remarks from Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman who will be taking over as leader of Global Cleveland.

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ICC-WIN 6th Annual Holiday Diversity Party
ICC-WIN 6th Annual Holiday Diversity Party
The 6th annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity was held in the atrium of the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center on December 16, 2015. The event was put on by the International Community Council-Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) in conjunction with the office of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.



ICC-WIN president Ken Kovach and officers

Ken Kovach and some ICC-WIN board members on stage

10 pages of photos and videos from the event

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Polish Trumpet
Polish Trumpet
14 year old Olivia Gutowski was dressed in a traditional Polish outfit and played the Hejnal on her trumpet at the ICC-WIN event.

Olivia Gotowski plays the Hejnal

Olivia Gutowski

Photos and videos of the Polish trumpet performance.

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Fairmount Spanish Dancers
Fairmount Spanish Dancers
The Fairmount Spanish Dancers performed at the 6th annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity put on by the International Community Council-Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) in conjunction with the office of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

Fairmount Spanish Dancers

Fairmount Spanish Dancers


Photos and videos from the Fairmount Spanish Dancers that evening.

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Hula Fusion Polynesian Dancers
Hula Fusion Polynesian Dancers
The Hula Fusion Polynesian Dancers performed at the ICC-WIN event.

Hula Fusion Polynesian Dancers

Hula Fusion Polynesian Dancers


Photos and videos of the Hula Fusion Polynesian Dancers.

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Liberian Community Ensemble
Liberian Community Ensemble
The Liberian Community Ensemble performed at the ICC-WIN event.

Liberian Community Ensemble

Liberian Community Ensemble


Photos and videos from the Liberian Community Ensemble.

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International Fashion in Cleveland
International Fashion in Cleveland
A highlight of the 6th annual Multicultural Holiday celebration put on by the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland is the international fashion show.

In this grand finale, all the participants gathered on stage and walked off to a version of the John Lennon song Imagine. Dr. Nada Martinovic was the director of the Fashion Show.



See 5 pages of photos and videos of the Fashion Show

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American Nationalities Movement of Ohio Freedom Awards
American Nationalities Movement of Ohio Freedom Awards
The American Nationalities Movement of Ohio (ANM) celebrated their 51st annual Christmas Luncheon and Freedom Award recognitions on December 19, 2015.

Lia Staaf, Gary Kotlarsic, Jane B. Sheats and the band Harmonia were honored.

Judge Ralph Perk Jr, Gary Kotlarsic and Judge Ray Pianka

Judge Ralph Perk Jr, Gary Kotlarsic and Judge Ray Pianka


Photos/videos of the ANM Event

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Mariachi Band for Our Lady of Guadalupe and Mexican Immigrant Family
Mariachi Band for Our Lady of Guadalupe and Mexican Immigrant Family
A group of Mexican immigrants from Painesville and Polish parishioner met in front of St Casimir Catholic Church in Cleveland to pray for a Miracle from the Polish icon Our Lady of Czestochowah and her Mexican counterpart Our Lady of Guadalupe to keep the family of Carmen Camarillo of Painesville together. Mariachi Santa Cecilia of Painesville performed.

Outside St Casimir Church - Our Lady of Guadalupe

Outside St Casimir Church on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe


See more of the music, Church Service and prayers to keep this family together

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Christmas Trees from around the world
Christmas Trees from around the world
The world's largest Christmas tree display rises up the slopes of Monte Ingino outside of Gubbio, in Italy 's Umbria region. Composed of about 500 lights connected by 40,000 feet of wire, the 'tree' is a modern marvel for an ancient city.

The world's largest Christmas tree display rises up the slopes of Monte Ingino outside of Gubbio, in Italy 's Umbria region

See Christmas Trees from around the world

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Lucia Fest
Lucia Fest
The Nobel-Monitor Lodge #130 Vasa Order of America hosted their annual Christmas and Lucia Fest on December 6, 2015. Highlights included the songs by the Vasa Voices Choir and the Lucia procession and songs by the children.

Santa Lucia procession

Lucia Procession


Santa Lucia Procession and Songs

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Swedish Christmas
Swedish Christmas
The Vasa Voices Choir of Nobel-Monitor Lodge #130 Vasa Order of America performed at the 2015 Christmas and Lucia Fest in Highland Heights (Cleveland) Ohio.

Vasa Voices Choir

Vasa Voices Choir


Vasa Voices Choir

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AIPNO Medical Yatra
AIPNO Medical Yatra
Some of the volunteers of Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio (AIPNO) attended the 2015 Philanthropia event at Landerhaven.

AIPNO volunteers at Philanthropia

AIPNO volunteers at Philanthropia


See more about the 2015 Medical Yatra efforts

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Swedish Christmas and Lucia Fest
Swedish Christmas and Lucia Fest
The Nobel-Monitor Lodge # 130 Vasa Order of America hosted the annual Christmas and Lucia fest at the Highland Heights Community Center on Sunday December 6

The event included holiday food, singing and, of course, the Lucia Procession.

Solvej Nilsson was the Lucia in the procession.

Solvej Nilsson

Solvej Nilsson


More coming soon

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Lebanon Day in Cleveland City Hall
Lebanon Day in Cleveland City Hall
The American Lebanese Community Council, along with Major Frank Jackson and the City of Cleveland hosted Lebanon Day at the City of Cleveland. This event for all Lebanese and friends of Lebanon celebrated the 72nd Independence of Lebanon.

Along with the speeches, entertainment and food there was a presentation on the Lebanese Cultural Garden.

Nemr Soueidi & Rolla Elias

Nemr Soueidi and Rolla Elias



Lebanon Day 2015 in Cleveland - photos and video

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Ajyal Lebanese Dabke Dancers at Lebanon Day
Ajyal Lebanese Dabke Dancers at Lebanon Day
The Ajyal Dancers performed at the 2015 Lebanon Day.

Ajyal Lebanese Dabke Dancers

Ajyal Dancers at Lebanon Day - photos and video

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WWI Jewish soldiers exhibit at the Slovenian Museum and Archives
WWI Jewish soldiers exhibit at the Slovenian Museum and Archives
The exhibition entitled "Forgive Us, Forgive Us, Oh You, the Dead" is dedicated to Jewish soldiers in the Austro-Hungarian army who fell on the Isonzo Front (Soska Fronta) of World War I in the territory of present day Slovenia.

Cleveland Councilmen Joe Cimperman, Mike Polensek and Jeff Johnson flank Israelie Deputy Consul Moran Birman and Slovenian Consul General Andrej Gregor Rode

Cleveland Councilmen Joe Cimperman, Mike Polensek and Jeff Johnson
flank Israeli Deputy Consul Moran Birman and
Slovenian Consul General Andrej Gregor Rode


Photos and videos of the exhibit at the Slovenian Museum

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Cleveland Museum of Art International Community Day
Cleveland Museum of Art International Community Day
The Cleveland Museum of Art hosted its annual International Cleveland Community Day in the Ames Family Atrium on Sunday October 4, 2015. This annual festival is a celebration of the rich diversity of Greater Cleveland. Dynamic presentations from more than 50 community groups expressed the continued vitality of the global cultures and arts that enliven our city.

Art Museum Puppett and Indian dancers

Links to dozens of pages of photos and videos of the performances

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Welcome to Cleveland
Welcome to Cleveland



Members of the Stabrova Youth Ballet
welcome you to Cleveland


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Korea Quilt Square
Korea Quilt Square
The Cleveland Korean Community, under the leadership of Hyeon Susan Harris, is participating in the ClevelandPeople.Com International Quilt project. This is the square they submitted for the quilt.

Korea Quilt square


Susan writes "We have chosen a happy Korean bride and called it "Assie." Her wedding day is the happiest day of her life. She wears the most colorful wedding dress. The color of the bride's dress is red, green, blue and yellow on a Hanbok (traditional Korean dress). It symbolizes 'happy' and the most beautiful day should be your wedding day."

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Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport to Korea House
Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport to Korea House
The Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport event in September 2015 was at the Korea House Restaurant at 37th and Superior in Cleveland. The Korea House has been in Cleveland for more than 30 years. Sean, son of the owner, served as our host. People who enjoy trying different foods and learning about different cultures participate in the Food Adventurer's group. The first 50 Passport holders who RSVP'd enjoyed a sumptuous Korean meal and learned about the country, culture, customs and, of course, food of Korea.

At the Korea House they always serve 8 different side dishes (banchan) with a bowl of rice with their meal including Kimchi.

Korean food - banchan


The adventurers also learned about Korean culture, saw Korean fashion and even had a demonstration of Gangnam Style dancing!

Photos, videos and more from the Korean Adventure

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Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Cleveland International Hall of Fame
What a Night! Congratulations to the 2015 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. You inspired us all.

Lots of photos and video coming soon but here's a Class photo.

Cleveland International Hall of Fame 2015 Class

Seated L-R Dick Pogue, Bishop Pilla and Shiv Aggarwal.
Standing Dick Russ, Judge Villanueva and Tommy Mulloy (for his father the late Steve Mulloy)
Missing - Mayor Richard Ganim who was ill



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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.

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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