Parade of Flags – 73rd Annual One World Day

by Dan Hanson

Parade of Flags – 73rd Annual One World Day

For Immediate Release

September 6, 2018

Cleveland, OH – The Parade of Flags has been one of the highlights of One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens since 1945. Ethnic communities marching in traditional colors and carrying flags of their heritage are a vivid and inspiring example of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) motto: “Peace through Mutual Understanding.”

Even when historical events have led to enmity between groups there has been a peaceful procession through the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on One World Day.

This year the Parade of Flags at the 73rd annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens will step off from the Polish Garden (corner of St Clair and East Blvd.) at noon and end up just past the Syrian Garden on MLK Blvd.

CCGF President Dr. Wael Khoury and the executive board have led an aggressive effort to include communities that do not currently have a Cultural Garden in the Parade of Flags. Attendees can expect to see units from the Indonesian, Mexican, Colombian, Brazilian, Catalan, Uzbek, Palestinian, Bhutanese and other communities marching in the Parade of Flags along with representatives of the 30 or so communities that have a Garden or are in progress.

The CCGF is honored to have Cleveland Police Chief Calvin D. Williams serve as the Grand Marshall of the Parade of Flags.  Calvin D. Williams is the City of Cleveland’s 40th Chief of Police after being sworn in February 2014.

Chief Williams and a Color Guard will lead the parade units on One World Day to their destination at the Syrian Garden where co-MCs Sheila Murphy Crawford, past president of the CCGF and Cleveland 19 news anchor Chris Tanaka will announce them.

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.

One World Day 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 and the Parade of Flags at


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

Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation Executive Director

Lori Ashyk                       216-220-3075.