71st One World Day Festival
Around the World We Go [Aug. 28th 11am-7pm]
By Maranda Bailo
It's no lie when we say Cleveland has a little bit of everything, including its people. From our suburbs, to our neighborhoods, to our restaurants -- it's obvious that diversity is our specialty and the people are our proof.
Here's your chance to come together with Clevelanders and visitors alike to celebrate this international collaboration. The 71st annual One World Day, put on by The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Foundation takes place on August 28 this year. The gardens are a collection of public gardens in Rockefeller Park, located along East Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., each representing a different nationality. The first Cultural Garden was established in 1916, so this year we unite to celebrate the centennial birthday of the Gardens.
The Foundation, (CCGF) is a group of volunteers who created and maintain the gardens. They have established a theme of the Gardens, “Peace through mutual understanding,” to showcase that Cleveland’s diversity can lead to peaceful coexistence.
The mission behind the event is for people to come together to recognize our rich and unique cultural heritage. With almost 120 ethnicities in Cleveland, this is a great opportunity to express our appreciation for our city's diversity.
Free admission, open to the public, and free parking at the VA Employee Parking Lot, with four shuttle buses that will loop from the VA parking lot to the Chinese Garden to the South Gate area.
The Parade of Flags kick offs at noon and will march down to the gardens, with Euclid’s own Croatian UFC heavy weight champion, Stipe Miocic, as the Grand Marshall.
See here for a parade map.
Next, join in on welcoming recent American immigrants to Cleveland at The Naturalization Swear-in. From there, see the Posting of Colors, and after, at the KeyBank Centennial Main Stage, a ceremony where Mayor Jackson, Councilman Kevin Conwell, and County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell will speak. Feel like dancing? Of course you do. Jam out to Michael Stanley Band before earning back those burned calories at the food tents.
Before filling your tummy with some yummy ethnic eats, bring your muscles and show them off at the Strong Man Competition put on by the Scottish Highland Games.
You know you're coming for the Italian, Greek, Chinese, Indian, German and Hungarian food... so come hungry.
Don't leave the kiddies at home because all gardens are participating in Passport to Peace, where kids can walk around to each garden and receive a free stamp after learning something informational.
Make sure to grab a brew at the Cleveland Hofbräuhaus booth after snagging your favorite traditional German eats.
Volunteer information can be found here. For other questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 216.220.3075.
If you are associated with a garden and are interested in performing an act, contact Yin Tang at email@example.com.