Over 24,000 people visited the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on August 28, 2016 on the 71st annual One World Day. Since 1945 the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) has celebrated One World Day exemplifying the theme of the Gardens: “Peace through Mutual Understanding.”
2016 is the Centennial Year of the Gardens as the first Garden was established in 1916. The CCGF, City of Cleveland, Councilman Kevin Conwell, University Circle Inc. and the community have had a year-long celebration culminating in One World Day.
One highlight was the Parade of Flags which featured hundreds of people in traditional costumes, representing dozens of nationalities, marching down East Blvd and ending on MLK Blvd.
Another was the inspiring Naturalization Ceremony where Federal Judge Dan Polster gave the Oath of Citizenship to 19 people from all over the world.
The Passport to Peace program was popular with kids of all ages as they visited as many gardens as possible, learned about the culture and had their passport stamped.
During the One World Day ceremony, dignitaries broke ground on the new Centennial Plaza which kicks off the Cultural Gardens’ second 100 years.
One World Day producer Johnny Wu stated “The goal of One World Day was to familiarize as many people as possible with all 29 of the Cultural Gardens, and the new ones in progress. Over 24,000 people provided a steady stream of visitors to all the Gardens.”
Ethnic food and performances were featured in each Garden including a Budapest Café in the Hungarian Garden, Tea Room in the Vietnamese Garden and the Hofbräuhaus Bier Garden in the German Garden.
The free Trolley Tours of the Gardens were very popular and the performances were diverse, colorful and energetic. The closing concert by Michael Stanley provided a uniquely “Cleveland” end to One World Day.
CCGF President Sheila Crawford said “The Cleveland Cultural Gardens are unique in the world and we as a Federation are proud to continue and grow this 100 year old treasure for the community. With the large crowds at One World Day we are confident that a new group of Clevelanders have been exposed to the Gardens and will visit again soon.”
The One World Day Centennial Celebration was a Councilmatic Event Presented by Councilman Kevin Conwell, County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell and in partnership with University Circle, Inc.
Major sponsors include Key Bank, Councilman Kevin Conwell, City of Cleveland, County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell, University Circle Inc., Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Medical Mutual, Alex Machaskee & Associates LLC, Cuyahoga Community College, ImageLab Media Services and Hofbräuhaus Cleveland.