Cleveland Cultural Gardens 73rd Annual One World Day Press Release

by Dan Hanson

Cleveland Cultural Gardens 73rd Annual One World Day

For Immediate Release

August 13, 2018

Cleveland, OH – Since 1945 the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) has celebrated One World Day exemplifying the theme of the Gardens: “Peace through Mutual Understanding.”

This year the 73rd annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens will be held on Sunday September 16, 2018 from 11 AM – 6PM, a few weeks later than the last few years.  The September date will allow even more people (about 25,000 attended last year) to enjoy the Cultural Gardens and the unique-in-the-world One World Day cultural events.

The 30+ Gardens will be the focus of the 2018 One World Day.  The main stages have been replaced this year with performances, food and cultural activities in the Gardens themselves instead of at a few central stages.

Another change is an expansion of the popular Parade of Flags.  This year, CCGF President Dr. Wael Khoury is leading an aggressive effort to include other nations in the Parade noting, for example, the absence of Hispanic heritages marching in the Parade in the past.  Expect to see units from the Indonesian, Mexican, Colombian, Dutch, Liberian and other communities marching in the Parade of Flags along with representatives of the 30 or so communities that have a Garden.

After the Parade of Flags, the always-inspiring Naturalization Ceremony will take place in the Syrian Garden as a federal judge swears in 20 or so new Americans from all over the world.

Attendees can walk or bike “around the world” and learn about each of the cultures represented in the Gardens. They can get a free “Passport” and interact at each garden in the popular Passport to Peace program.  They can hop on a free Lolley the Trolley and learn more in a guided tour.

One World ay has been the official event of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation since 1946. As always, it is free and open to the public and offers free parking.  Attendees will have dozens of choices for cultural entertainment, ethnic food and drink, tours, demonstrations and shopping.

More about the 73rd One World Day at


Cleveland Cultural Gardens One World Day Chair
Sheila Murphy Crawford

One World Day Producer
Johnny Wu                                 216-539-4634 office

Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation Executive Director

Lori Ashyk                       216-220-3075.