The Cleveland Cultural Gardens is a beautiful area in Rockefeller Park that celebrates the diverse cultures that make up Cleveland. Once a year they celebrate One World Day, where all of the 40 different countries that have gardens (or are working on them) celebrate their culture.
The individual gardens had extra touches added to them.
We spent time with learning about the culture of Slovakia from the man who lead the building of the gardens. While some, such as the Italian and German have been there for 70 years or more, a few have been built in the last 30 years.
The Hungarian Garden had a ‘Budapest Cafe’ set up, complete with music.
A couple of Czech women in their traditional attire.
Most had crafts from the homeland.
A shuttle was provided for those who were late to the parade, like the Lebanese, who were entertaining even on the shuttle ride.
One of the Russian marchers.
Vietnam is currently working on their garden, and were well represented in the parade.
Each country brought a flag for the day that were displayed at the main entertainment stage.
The leaders of the Romanian group.
There were a number of youth groups who are continuing to carry on the traditions of their country.
Young and old marched together.
After the parade many posed for photos in their gardens.
The Serbian group had great outfits, with cool shoes.
With the food, culture and gardens it was a great day for One World in Cleveland.