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Revolución de Mayo Picnic
Revolución de Mayo Picnic
The May Revolution (Spanish: Revolución de Mayo) was a week-long series of revolutionary events that took place from May 18 to May 25, 1810, in Buenos Aires. It started the Argentine War of Independence, and it is considered the birth of modern Argentina.

In the present, it is a big Holiday for all Argentines. Here in Cleveland, a picnic was held on Saturday May 24 at 12pm at North Chagrin Reservation. Thanks to Ambassador Maria Paula Bozoklian for the photos.

Cleveland Argentines at picnic for the May Revolution

Cleveland Argentines at picnic for the May Revolution


More Photos from the Argentines Picnic

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Polish Constitution Day Celebration
Polish Constitution Day Celebration
Judge Raymond Pianka was the Grand Marshall for the 2015 Polish Constitution Day Parade in Slavic Village.

At the end of the Parade, people gathered on the steps of the Shrine Church of Saint Stanislaus for music and a program.

Gene Bak, Eugenia Stolarczyk, Councilman Tony Brancatelli and Ben Stefanski marching in Parade

Gene Bak, Eugenia Stolarczyk,
Councilman Tony Brancatelli and Ben Stefanski
marching in the Parade


3 pages of Photos and Videos from Constitution Day in Slavic Village.

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Dutch King's Day
Dutch King's Day
King's Day is the biggest national event in Holland. Everything and everyone turns orange and celebrates on King's Day.

In Cleveland, the Dutch community just celebrated The 16th Annual State of Ohio Birthday Celebration of the Netherlands' Monarch sponsored by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands, The Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce - Great Lakes (NACC), and VMI Group.

Hannah Herc and Melanie Kahn

Hannah Herc and Melanie Kahn


Photos and Videos from King's Day 2015 in Cleveland

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Diversity Center of Cleveland Walk Rock and Run 2015
Diversity Center of Cleveland Walk Rock and Run 2015
Walk, Rock & Run unifies communities across Northeast Ohio while raising awareness of diversity issues. Since 2002, The Diversity Center has partnered with The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to host Walk, Rock & Run which celebrates diversity.

Key Bank group

Key Bank group


Photos and Videos of Walk Rock and Run 2015

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African American Cultural Garden Groundbreaking
African American Cultural Garden Groundbreaking
The African American Cultural Garden is part of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF). The CCGF is the group of dedicated volunteers who clean up the Gardens, plant flowers, shrubs and trees and raise money for statues and monuments. There are almost 30 gardens in the CCGF chain along East and MLK Boulevards in Cleveland.

For over 30 years there was a plot reserved for the African American Cultural Garden on MLK Blvd. There was a sign and some events were held there but progress was slow. Now, Phase 1 of the Garden has begun. This was celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony in the African American Cultural Garden on Monday May 11, 2015.

Mayor Jackson with the African American Cultural Garden group

Mayor Jackson with the African American Cultural Garden group

Main Ceremony page

Dancers, drummers and Groundbreaking page

People at the Ceremony page

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Easter 1916 Commemoration
Easter 1916 Commemoration
Marilyn Madigan, Irish Historian of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (Cleveland) told about the men and women who fought in Easter Week at the Pride of Erin in Cleveland Ohio at an Easter 1916 Commemoration on the 99th anniversary of the declaration of Irish independence and the armed rebellion to oppose English tyranny.

Marilyn Madigan

Marilyn Madigan


The event was organized by Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and Irish Northern Aid.



More from the 1916 commemoration event

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Cleveland Asian Festival
Cleveland Asian Festival
The 2015 Cleveland Asian Festival was a tremendous success. Tens of thousands of happy people enjoyed performances, food, family fun and more.

Lots of photos and videos coming soon.

Kids in bunny costumes at Cleveland Asian Festival


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Redevelopment of Slavic Village in Cleveland
Redevelopment of Slavic Village in Cleveland
Slavic Village, a historical neighborhood located outside of downtown Cleveland, was devastated by the national housing crisis and continues to struggle in the aftermath of economic decline. A once vibrant neighborhood rich in history and culture has been plagued by blight, vacant homes and financial hardships. But it's on its way back.

Slavic Village neighbors

New Slavic Village neighbors


Slavic Village recovery and celebration of its 25th homebuyer

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HOLA Mexican Dancers at Cleveland City Hall
HOLA Mexican Dancers at Cleveland City Hall
The HOLA Mexican Dancers performed classic Mexican dances at the City of Cleveland's 2015 Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.

HOLA Mexican Dancers

HOLA Mexican Dancers


More photos and videos of the HOLA Mexican Dancers

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Cinco de Mayo at Cleveland City Hall
Cinco de Mayo at Cleveland City Hall
The City of Cleveland celebrates Cinco de Mayo out of respect for its Mexican population specifically but for the Hispanic and broader community as well. A luncheon event was held at Cleveland City Hall on May 5, 2015.

Santa Cecilia Mariachi Band

Santa Cecilia Mariachi Band


See photos, videos and more from Cinco de Mayo 2015 in Cleveland

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Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation
Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation celebrates 99 years
The Russian Cultural Garden, led by delegates Svetlana Stolyarova and Boris Vinogardsky MD, hosted the annual installation dinner of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation.

This was a special event as the Federation celebrated 99 years.

Vodka toast

Vodka toast to 99 years
Svetlana Stolyarova, Mehmet Gencer,
Sheila Murphy Crawford and Pierre Bejjani


Photos and Videos from the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation event

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America's Got Bollywood at Cleveland Asian Festival
America's Got Bollywood at Cleveland Asian Festival
The Cleveland Asian Festival delights their attendees each year with dozens of colorful acts representing culture from all over Asia. The Cleveland Asian Festival has also become known for bringing in a national act each year as a special treat. This year get ready for America's Got Bollywood.

The 2015 Cleveland Asian Festival will feature the Mona Khan Company, a critically acclaimed Bollywood dance & fitness company based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their dance troupe has an extensive repertoire which includes performances with numerous Bollywood singers and actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Shaan and Shankar Mahadevan.

In 2010, the Mona Khan Company was chosen out of 70,000 acts across the nation to be in the Top 48 on the NBC show, America's Got Talent, Season 5.

America's Got Bollywood at Cleveland Asian Festival Press Release

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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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A message from Mayor Jackson
A message from Mayor Jackson
April 28, 2015

Dear Community Leader:

In the wake of the tragic events that unfolded in Baltimore, and bearing in mind the series of police-related matters and legal proceedings currently in process here in Cleveland, I am writing to let you know that the City of Cleveland has been planning and is prepared to address upcoming developments.

As I am sure you are aware, it is likely that the trial of Officer Michael Brelo will conclude within the next few days. Other high-profile cases are still pending, as well as continued negotiations with the Department of Justice.

Clearly, these are very complex situations that affect people at every level in our community. We are focused on how best to create a sense of safety, trust and confidence in our community, while empowering our police to enforce the law and maintain order.

We are planning for a variety of contingencies and are being very proactive in both communication and outreach. We are partnering with community and faith-based leaders, corporate entities and individuals to foster an environment that informs audiences about the changes taking place, while recognizing the importance of listening and engaging with all parties involved. We all have a shared responsibility for maintaining peace and order moving forward.

More than ever, let us work together to ensure that Cleveland is a community where all citizens receive the respect they expect and deserve.

Sincerely,

Frank G. Jackson
Mayor

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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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Commemorating the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide
Commemorating the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide
The Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of Ohio put on a program in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall to educate people about the events of 100 years ago. The Rotunda was standing room only as people met to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide and honor the memory of the 1.5 million Armenians who perished.

Armenian Genocide slide

Kevan Asadorian

Kevan Asadorian, Chairman
The Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of Ohio

Photos, videos and more from the Genocide Centennial event

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Senator Portman Meets with Cleveland Eastern European Communities
Senator Portman Meets with Cleveland Eastern European Communities
U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) traveled to Ukraine to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, as well as other government officials. Portman has repeatedly called for increased U.S. military assistance to Ukraine as they continue to face Russian aggression.

Senator Portman and Cleveland Eastern European leaders

Senator Portman and Cleveland Eastern European leaders


Portman also traveled to Latvia to meet with Latvian officials, U.S. troops and discuss the importance of the U.S.-Latvia relationship. Prior to his trip, Portman met with Latvian Ambassador Andris Razans to discuss recent developments in U.S.-Latvian relations.

On Friday, April 17, 2015 Senator Portman, co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, met with members of Eastern European communities in Cleveland to discuss his recent visit to Ukraine and Latvia.

More from Senator Portman's meeting at the Ukrainian Museum & Archives

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African American Cultural Garden in Cleveland to break ground
African American Cultural Garden in Cleveland to break ground
Sheila Murphy Crawford, President of the Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation, introduced Carl Ewing, the delegate for the African American Garden. Ewing told that after 37 years there will finally be a groundbreaking for Phase 1 of the African American Garden.

Details will be posted as soon as available.

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Slovenian Irish Slo-Ish Bowling Tournament
Slovenian Irish Slo-Ish Bowling Tournament
The Slo-Ish bowling tournament started 4 years ago in April 2012. Colleen Frank was on her way to a Slovenian meeting and thought there should be an event that both Irish and Slovenian groups did together and maybe grow the memberships of both groups. Bowling came to mind.

When she went to the SNPJ meeting they loved the idea. She also met with the board of the Irish Club and they loved the idea. Colleen and her Slovenian friend Gina Volpe have been organizing it ever since.

The groups involved are SNPJ Loyalites Lodge #158, Slovenian Society Home- Euclid, and the Irish American Club Eastside.

Photos and more on the 2015 SloIsh Tournament.

Gina Volpe Joe Evanish Lou Novak Colleen Frank

Gina Volpe, Joe Evanish, Lou Novak and Colleen Frank


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Cleveland International Hall of Fame - 2015 Class
Cleveland International Hall of Fame - 2015 Class
The 2015 class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame (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

Photos and Bios of the 2015 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

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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7 Minutes with Russ
7 Minutes with Russ
It was a lot of fun appearing on 7 Minutes with Russ Mitchell this morning on WKYC. If you missed it here is link to the video.

If you are interested in the Cleveland International Hall of Fame, see more here.

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Murphy Irish Dancers win World Championship
Murphy Irish Dancers win World Championship
The Murphy Irish Senior Dancers spent Easter Week in Montreal, Canada competing with more than five thousand Irish dancers from all over the world. And they won! They are the World Champions!

A panel of seven judges - also from around the world - scored the dancers 475 out of 500 available points. They outscored their closest competitor by over 100 points. It is estimated that more than 20,000 people were spectators and had the opportunity to witness the competition.

A win like this does not come easy. Competition is stiff and the dancers need to practice constantly. Few athletes practice as much, and in this Superbowl of Irish Dancing it paid off for the Murphy Irish Senior Dancers.

World Champion Murphy Irish Dancers

World Champion Murphy Irish Dancers


More from the Murphy Irish Dancers win in Montreal


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Russ Mitchell - ClevelandPeople.Com Ambassador
Russ Mitchell - ClevelandPeople.Com Ambassador
We are proud to announce that WKYC Lead Anchor Russ Mitchell is the newest ClevelandPeople.Com Ambassador.

Ambassadors to ClevelandPeople.Com are individuals who are outstanding representatives of Cleveland's diverse cultures and heritages. They have demonstrated great dedication to the advancement of a particular community and/or to the greater good of honoring and celebrating the ethnic groups and communities that make our city and region more vibrant.

Russ worked at CBS News in New York and covered the war in Bosnia, went to the Democratic Republic of Congo and interviewed then President Laurent Kabila, reported from Cuba, India, Indonesia and The Marshall Islands. Though born in St. Louis, Russ has been adopted by his new home of Cleveland.

Welcome aboard Russ.

Russ Mitchell

Russ Mitchell


Read more about Russ Mitchell and the other Ambassadors

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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.

On the following pages you will find video and photo highlights of the Parade in somewhat chronological order.

Grand Marshall Daniel Corcoran and Co-Chair Fr. Robert Begin

Grand Marshall Daniel Corcoran and Co-Chair Fr. Robert Begin


The main St. Patrick's Day page

Honorees, National Anthems and Blowing the Whistle

Start of the 2015 Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade

Cleveland Police in the St. Patrick's Day Parade

Cleveland Fire Fighters in the St. Patrick's Day Parade

Div 1 - Irish American Club East Side

Cleveland Diocesan Union of Holy Name Societies

Saint Joseph Academy celebrating 125 years

Irish Dancers - Leneghan, Murphy and O'Hare

More from Division 1

Div 2 - West Side Irish American Club

St. Helen Unicycle Drill Team from Newbury Ohio

St Vincent - St Mary Band

Cleveland State University

St Martin de Porres

Holy Name Elementary

Notre Dame Cathedral Latin

Cleveland City Dogs

Irish Northern Aid

Cleveland Right to Life

Walsh Jesuit HS Band

Ohio State Alumni

Irish Wolfhounds

Polonia - Cleveland's Polish Community

Notre Dame College Band

Cleveland Asian Festival

Knights of Columbus

More from Division 2

More from Division 3


Cleveland Firefighters Shamrock Club at St Patrick's Day Parade




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Ethnic Leaders 8th annual Summit
Ethnic Leaders 8th annual Summit
The first annual meeting and 8th annual Summit put on by the International Community Council-Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) with partners American Nationalities Movement and ClevelandPeople.Com was held at MetroHealth on Saturday.

One of the discussions focused on how to present Cleveland's divesrity to the RNC media. More to come...

Some of the ICC-WIN summit particpants

Some of the ICC-WIN summit particpants


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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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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
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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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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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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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