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2016

Cleveland Puerto Rican community at Cleveland Multicultural Event

The Cleveland Puerto Rican 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 Puerto Rican models, Sofia, Lily and Phoebe Barlow.



Puerto Rican models at ICC WIN event

Sofia, Lily and Phoebe Barlow

Sofia, Lily and Phoebe Barlow

Sofia, Lily and Phoebe Barlow

Sofia, Lily and Phoebe Barlow

See more from the 2016 International Fashion Show


Convención Hispana 2016

Every 3 years Convencion Hispana is put on in Cleveland by the Hispanic Roundtable. The 2016 Convencion was held at Max Hayes High School on West 65th Street. This free assembly provided education, empowerment, health and workforce development resources for Northeast Ohio's Latino community.

One highlight of the Convencion was the discussion led by Hispanic Roundtable president Jose Feliciano with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Cuyahoga County executive Armond Budish.

Jose Feliciano and Cleveland Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo

Jose Feliciano and Cleveland Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo


Photos and Videos from Convención Hispana 2016


Rita Moreno in Cleveland

The legendary Rita Moreno came to Cleveland to be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Convencion Hispana. The evening before she was a guest at a preview reception at Baker Hostetler where Hispanic Roundtable president Jose Feliciano practices law.

Rita Moreno is a Puerto Rican-American actress and singer. Her career has spanned over 70 years; among her notable acting work are supporting roles in the musical films The King and I and West Side Story, as well as a 1971–77 stint on the children's television series The Electric Company, and a supporting role on the 1997-2003 TV drama Oz.

Rita Moreno and Jose Feliciano

Rita Moreno and Jose Feliciano


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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Cleveland City Hall

Judge José A. Villanueva and José C. Feliciano were honored at Cleveland City Hall at the kickoff event to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month .

José A. Villanueva and José C. Feliciano

José A. Villanueva and José C. Feliciano


Both men have been inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.

José Feliciano with grandson Ciarán and dancers from Peru

José Feliciano with grandson Ciarán and dancers from Peru

Mayor Frank Jackson with José Feliciano with grandson Ciarán

Mayor Frank Jackson with José Feliciano with grandson Ciarán



2015

2015 Puerto Rican Day Parade

The 2015 Puerto Rican Parade marched through Downtown Cleveland on August 2, 2015.

Parade Madrina and Padrino

2015 Puerto Rican Parade Madrina and Padrino


3 pages of photos and videos from the Puerto Rican Parade


Honorable José A. Villanueva inducted into Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Honorable José A. Villanueva was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame on April 29, 2015. Judge Villanueva was born in Utuado, Puerto Rico. Judge Villanueva has served in the General Division of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas since 1988. His election marked the first time a member of the Hispanic Community achieved elective office in Cuyahoga County. He also became the first Hispanic elected county-wide in the state of Ohio.

Judge Villanueva is a founder of the Ohio Hispanic Bar Association, the Hispanic Community Forum and the Hispanic Roundtable. In 2014 Judge Villanueva was honored by the Ohio Hispanic Bar Association, receiving the organization's first Leadership and Community Service Award.

Honorable José A. Villanueva was inducted by José Feliciano

Honorable José A. Villanueva

Honorable José A. Villanueva


Read more about Judge Villanueva

Over 500 people attended the induction ceremony on April 29, 2015 at the Marriott at Key Center.

Learn more about the Cleveland International Hall of Fame


2014

Diversity Center Awards

The 60th annual Humanitarian Award Dinner of the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio honored Rick Chiricosta, President and CEO of Medical Mutual of Ohio, and Jose C. Feliciano, Partner at Baker Hostetler.

ClevelandPeople.Com congratulates these two worthy choices and gives a special shout out to our Puerto Rican and Hispanic Ambassador, Jose Feliciano.

Jose Feliciano Jr and Sr. at the Diversity Center event

Jose Feliciano Jr and Sr. at the Diversity Center event



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2013

History of Puerto Rican Music and Dance performed by the Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center

The History of Puerto Rican Music and Dance was performed by the Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center at International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the Cleveland Museum of Art. This included Bomba, Plena, Mrengue, Salsa and modern music from Ricky Martin, Bruno Mars and Jennifer Lopez.



More of the History of Puerto Rican Music and Dance


Miss Puerto Rican Image 2012 Aidelis Rivera

Dance performance at Culture Shock 2013
Tri-C West April 18, 2013

Miss Puerto Rican Image 2012 Aidelis Rivera performed at the 2013 Culture Shock event which was put on by Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) West and the Parma City School District.

Miss Puerto Rican Image 2012 Aidelis Rivera dancing

Aidelis Rivera

See more from the performance by Aidelis Rivera


2012

Puerto Rican Dance by Explosion Divina
from the Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center
Opening of Ames Family Atrium in Cleveland Museum of Art
October 28, 2012




2012 Puerto Rican Parade in Cleveland August 5, 2012
4 pages of photos and a video of parade highlights

 Cleveland Puerto Rican Parade 2012 Madrina Lucy Torres

Cleveland Puerto Rican Parade 2012
Madrina Lucy Torres



Cleveland Puerto Rican Parade 2012

2012 Cleveland Puerto Rican Parade



Jose Feliciano inducted in Cleveland International Hall of Fame


José C. Feliciano was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame on Wednesday May 9, 2012. José was introduced by Alex Machaskee.

See photos and videos of his induction speech and more.


2011

Hispanic Heritage Month 2011
Kickoff event at Cleveland City Hall

Lucy Torres, Hispanic Liason to the  Mayor with Nano Cabrera, International singer from Puerto Rico and Eduardo Romero, Master of Ceremony

Lucy Torres, Hispanic Liason to the Mayor with
Nano Cabrera, International singer from Puerto Rico
and Eduardo Romero, Master of Ceremony



Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center Dancers
at the International Folk Festival

Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center Dancers

Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center Dancers



Andres Gonzalez with Hall of Fame inductee Luis Martinez

Andres Gonzalez with Hall of Fame inductee Luis Martinez


See photos and video of Luis, Andres and others from the Hall of Fame


2010

Puerto Rican music and dancing from Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center
21st annual International Folk Festival

Puerto Rican music and dancing from Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center at 21st annual International Folk Festival


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

Dr. Andres Gonzalez giving Esperanza keynote

Andres Gonzalez giving keynote address



Young Hispanic athletes at the 2010 International Continental Cup
July 1-4, 2010 at John Carroll University

Young Puerto Rican athletes march into the JCU Don Shula stadium


2009 and before

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


Grand Marshall of Puerto Rican 2009 parade

Grand Marshall of 2009 Puerto Rican parade


41st Annual Puerto Rican Parade
July 19, 2009


El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folkorico at Oktoberfest

El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folkorico at Oktoberfest




Organizations and Resources for Puerto Ricans in Cleveland



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

Spanish-language Social Security Resources

Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center
The Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center is dedicated to preserving and sharing the Puerto Rican and Caribbean traditions through the teaching and practice of the visual, performing, & literary arts.



Map of the world showing where Spanish is spoken

The dark blue represents countries where Spanish has official status. The light blue is where Spanish is spoken without official recognition.


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Puerto Rican population in the US





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Cleveland Puerto Rican Feedback and Memories



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Puerto Rican History and Culture






Puerto Rico

Populated for centuries by aboriginal peoples, the island was claimed by the Spanish Crown in 1493 following Columbus' second voyage to the Americas.

In 1898, after 400 years of colonial rule that saw the indigenous population nearly exterminated and African slave labor introduced, Puerto Rico was ceded to the US as a result of the Spanish-American War.

Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship in 1917. Popularly-elected governors have served since 1948. In 1952, a constitution was enacted providing for internal self government.

In plebiscites held in 1967, 1993, and 1998, voters chose not to alter the existing political status.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)


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