75th annual One World Day Cleveland Cultural Gardens August 29, 2021
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation hosted the 75th annual One World Day on August 29, 2021. The Covid-19 pandemic caused the 2020 One World Day to be cancelled but police estimates say that about 15,000 people visited the Gardens and attended the 2021 One World Day.
The day began with a Naturalization Ceremony as new citizens were sworn in.
Naturalization Ceremony at One World Day 2021
The Parade of Flags is always a highlight of the annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and the 75th annual One World Day in 2021 was no exception.
MCs from all 4 major TV networks (Chris Tanaka, Danielle Wiggins, Tracy Carloss and Maia Belay) joined Cultural Gardens past-president Sheila Murphy Crawford in announcing the Parade which featured about 50 groups marching in traditional costumes and carrying the flags of their heritage.
Danielle Wiggins, Maia Belay, Sheila Crawford, Tracy Carloss and Chris Tanaka
The sudden downpour about an hour after the Parade destroyed my camera on the tripod but luckily I had this handheld camera as a backup. I apologize that the Pipes and Drums of the Irish American Club East Side cut off in the video and the Ukrainian group (with their huge flag!) after them did not make the video. Also only the end of the Chinese group made the backup video. Sorry.
You can see photos of the groups marching in the Parade of Flags on their pages of ClevelandPeople.com
Flags posted in the Plaza after the Parade of Flags
After the Parade of Flags, Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation leaders spoke and introduced dignitaries including Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, County Executive Armond Budish, UCI president Chris Ronaynye, Councilman Kevin Conwell and Cleveland Foundation president Ronn Richards.
This took place in the new Centennial Peace Plaza.
Dr. Wael Khoury speaks at One World Day
There were performances on the Plaza stage throughout the day including the Singing Angels, Moises Borges Band, Cleveland Chamber Orchestra and more.
Cleveland Chamber Orchestra
Moises Borges Band
Dancing in the Plaza
Most Cultural Gardens had food, music, performances and cultural experiences for the visitors throughout the day.
Beer Garden in the German Garden
The ClevelandPeople.com booth had large 5' x 7' maps of Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, North America and the Middle East. Visitors (including the 4 TV anchors) placed a colorful dot on the map where there ancestors (or they) came from.
Despite a short sudden downpour the 75th annual One World day was a huge success.
Lady Liberty crew on stilts at One World Day
See you next year!
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