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2017

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
October 28,2016

The annual Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States.

In Cleveland, the celebration centered at the Cleveland Public Theater. There was Latin food, live entertainment, displays and activities throughout the day. A highlight was the parade, Skulls and Skeletons.

Day of the Dead in Cleveland 2017

Day of the Dead in Cleveland 2017


Photos from the Day of the Dead in Cleveland


2016

Cleveland Mexicans at Cleveland Multicultural Event

The Cleveland Mexican Community was represented at the 7th annual International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) holiday party on December 14, 2016.

120 people participated in the fashion show and each walked the runway to music from their country. Click on the white arrow to watch the short video of the Mexican models Citlali Moreno, Laura Lopez, Cecilia Arteaga and Francis Bastidas.



Traditional Mexican fashion

Traditional Mexican fashion

Traditional Mexican fashion

See more from the 2016 International Fashion Show


Tepehuani Nelli Mexican Ensemble at ICC-WIN Multicultural Holiday Party

One of the highlights of the 7th annual Cleveland Multicultural Holiday Celebration put on by the International Community Council Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) in Cleveland at the Global Center for Health Innovation was the performance of the Tepehuani Nelli Mexican Ensemble performing traditional Aztec dances.

Tepehuani Nelli Mexican Ensemble

Tepehuani Nelli Mexican Ensemble



Photos and Video of Tepehuani Nelli Mexican Ensemble


Traditional Mexican Fashions

During the Fashion Show at the 7th annual Cleveland Multicultural Holiday Celebration put on by the International Community Council Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) in Cleveland, traditional costumes from Mexico were worn by Citlali Moreno, Laura Lopez, Cecilia Arteaga and Francis Bastidas.

Watch the video:



Traditional Mexican Fashions at ICC-WIN event

Traditional Mexican Fashions at ICC-WIN event

Traditional Mexican Fashions at ICC-WIN event


Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
October 29,2016

The annual Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States.

In Cleveland, the celebration centered at the Cleveland Public Theater. There was Latin food, live entertainment, displays and activities throughout the day. A highlight was the parade, Skulls and Skeletons.

Day of the Dead in Cleveland 2016
Day of the Dead in Cleveland 2016


Great photos from the Day of the Dead in Cleveland


2015

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


Grupo Tepehuani Nelli pre-Hispanic era dances at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Grupo Tepehuani Nelli performed pre-Hispanic era dances in beautiful Mexican Aztec costumes at the Cleveland Museum of Art's International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the museum.

Grupo Tepehuani Nelli performed pre-Hispanic era dances in beautiful Mexican Aztec costumes

Grupo Tepehuani Nelli performer


Photos and videos of Grupo Tepehuani Nelli


Mariachi Band at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Mr Vicente M. Sanchez Ventura and the Mexican Consulate from Detroit sponsored a Mariachi Band to perform at the Cleveland Museum of Art's International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the museum.

Mariachi Band

Santa Cecilia Mariachi Band


Photos and videos of the Mariachi Band


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

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







2014

Mexican Fashion at Cleveland Multicultural Event

Representatives from the Cleveland Mexican community participated in the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio. They modeled Mexican costumes at the International Fashion Show which featured traditional costumes of dozens of countries.

Fashion of Mexico

Fashion of Mexico


Photos and videos of the International Fashion Show


Unaccompanied Children Coalition

When news of the unaccompanied children crossing the US-Mexico border was released, concerned citizens in Cleveland started meeting regularly to see how they could help. They formed the Children's Coalition and their regular meetings led to a community information night. Over 100 people attended the information session at Saigon Plaza at West 54th and Detroit to learn and speak about the Unaccompanied Children and Mothers.

A young mother named Beatrice told her story of how she and her family fled from Mexico because of the threats to her and her family from gangs and criminals. Her husband was even kidnapped. She is now in the US, wearing an ankle bracelet, and checks in with immigration frequently but is not in fear as she was in Mexico. Jeff Stewart of the Immigrant Worker Project translated.

young mother Beatrice and daughter

Beatrice and daughter



More from the Unaccompanied Children Coalition event


La Cucaracha by Santa Cecilia Mariachi Band

The Santa Cecilia Mariachi Band performed at the annual International Cleveland Community Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The band strolled the Atrium before their performance and played the traditional Spanish folk corrido "La Cucaracha" which is Spanish for "The Cockroach". This song became popular in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution.




Cinco de Mayo at Cleveland City Hall

MetroHealth CEO Akram Boutros, MD was the keynote speaker at the City of Cleveland's Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.

He told of the three important themes of Cinco de Mayo and how they relate to Cleveland and to MetroHealth hospital. He said "We are the solution and have collective power."

Special redocgnition awards were given to Pablo Castro III and Lucita Galindo.

Performances were by The Mariachi National Band and the Hola Folkloric Mexican Dance Group from Painesville

Mother and son at Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo


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


Pilgrimage to Stop Deportation of Local Immigrant Father

Ricardo Ramos, an immigrant father of three U.S. citizen children, has been working (and paying taxes) in the nurseries of Lake County, OH for the past sixteen years. Currently, he's facing deportation on January 16th, the same day as his daughter's twelfth birthday.

St. Casimir Church in Cleveland is home to a predominantly Polish American congregation but St Casimir has become the adopted Church of Ricardo Ramos and his family. They learned of the miracles attributed to Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as the Black Madonna.

On Monday January 13, 2014 about 100 supporters made a 20 mile pilgrimage walk in the cold and rain from Painesville to St Casimir to pray for a miracle in front of the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa.

Ricardo Ramos family at St Casimir Church

Ricardo Ramos family at St Casimir Church


Photos and Videos from the Pilgrimage


2013

On September 24, 2013 the Cleveland Food Adventurers went south of the Border - to Mexico! The Passport holders were asked what food they wanted to try and the majority said MEXICAN!

So they headed to Mi Pueblo Authentic Mexican Restaurant in University Circle. (11611 Euclid Avenue.)

One of the food adventurers told the story of how Mexico helped helped save the Union and kept the United States united. As you will see in this video, Lt. Colonel Joe Meissner told the story of Cinco de Mayo and the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over the French forces at the Battle of Puebla. This defeat kept France's Napoleon III from assisting the Confederate Army and allowed the Union Army another year to build leading to victories at Vicksburg and Gettysburg which essentially ended the Civil War.



Gerardo Ortega, owner of Mi Pueblo restaurant, told the group about Mexican customs and food and answered their questions.

See photos and videos from the adventure to Mi Pueblo


2012

Grupo Tepehuani Nelli ancient Mexican Aztec dance
Ames Family Atrium in the Cleveland Museum of Art
October 28, 2012

The many different cultural performances were a highlight of the grand opening of the Ames Family Atrium in the Cleveland Museum of Art on Sunday October 28, 2012. This included a performance of ancient Mexican Aztec dances by Grupo Tepehuani Nelli.

Grupo Tepehuani Nelli perform an ancient Mexican Aztec dance

Grupo Tepehuani Nelli


Cinco de Mayo celebrated at Cleveland City Hall
Keynote address from Dr. Jorge Calles-Escandon, M.D.
Photos and Videos from May 4, 2012

Alma de Mexico dancers at Cleveland Cinco de Mayo

Alma de Mexico dancers Anita Cruz and Jackie Prosac


2011

Cinco de Mayo celebrated at Cleveland City Hall
Keynote address from Mexican Consul Vincente Sanchez-Ventura
Photos and Videos from May 5, 2011

Mexican Consul Vincente Sanchez-Ventura

Mexican Consul Vincente Sanchez-Ventura


2010

Esperanza's 20th Fiesta of Hope
Windows on the River - June 25, 2010

Dr. Andres Gonzalez giving Esperanza keynote

Andres Gonzalez giving keynote address



2009 and before

2009 Latino Fest at Cleveland Muny Lot
July 17-19, 2009


El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folkorico at Oktoberfest

El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folkorico at Oktoberfest




Organizations and Resources for Mexicans in Cleveland



Spanish-language Social Security Resources

Esperanza, Inc.
To enhance educational and economic opportunities for Hispanic Americans



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Mexican hat Dance by El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folkorico

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Mexico

The site of advanced Amerindian civilizations, Mexico came under Spanish rule for three centuries before achieving independence early in the 19th century.

A devaluation of the peso in late 1994 threw Mexico into economic turmoil, triggering the worst recession in over half a century. The nation had been making an impressive recovery until the global financial crisis hit in late 2008.

Ongoing economic and social concerns include low real wages, underemployment for a large segment of the population, inequitable income distribution, and few advancement opportunities for the largely Amerindian population in the impoverished southern states.

The elections held in 2000 marked the first time since the 1910 Mexican Revolution that an opposition candidate - Vicente Fox of the National Action Party (PAN) - defeated the party in government, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He was succeeded in 2006 by another PAN candidate Felipe Calderon.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)


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