Peace through understanding: One World Day on Sunday in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens

Thousands of people will descend on the Cleveland Cultural Gardens this Sunday, Aug. 27 to celebrate the 77th annual One World Day (OWD)—a yearly observation since 1946 that celebrates peace through mutual understanding.

Attendees can eat, drink, be entertained, and learn about the many cultures that make up Cleveland in nearly all 35 Gardens

A variety of ethnic food and drink will be offered, either by Garden organizers or food trucks and vendors. In addition to the popular beer gardens in the German Garden on East Blvd. and Irish Garden on Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Boulevard, this year the Serbian Garden on MLK will also host a beer garden.

Plenty of entertainment will take place on the Centennial Peace Plaza stage, and there will be a variety of performances throughout the Gardens. The Market Places are the destinations for shopping, food, and information from cultural resources. This year’s vendors and exhibitors include a variety of non-profit organizations, food vendors, merchandise vendors, and community support groups.

One of the day’s highlights includes a Naturalization Ceremony to welcome 25 new citizens from all over the world to Cleveland, they are sworn in by a Federal judge at 11 a.m. at the Centennial Peace Plaza on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, across from St. Casimir’s Way.

At 12 p.m., the true diversity of Cleveland will be on display during the Parade of Flags, which will feature hundreds of people marching in traditional costumes and carrying the flag of their heritage. Expect to see units from the Moroccan, Dutch, Iranian, Brazilian, Jordanian, Haitian, Swiss, Bangladeshi, and other communities marching with representatives from the 33 established gardens and 10 cultural gardens in development.

Cuyahoga County Chief Executive Chris Ronayne will be the grand marshal of the parade.

The popular Children’s Village will be near the Ethiopian Garden on the South end of MLK. There will be activities, games, musical instruments, storytelling, free books, and the return of the Gaelic Glen Alpacas!

The Passport to Peace program encourages kids of all ages to get a free passport and take it to the gardens to participate in free activities and get their passports stamped. Kids will receive prizes when they turn in their completed passports.

Admission is free to One World Day and there is free parking with free shuttle buses that will circle the grounds. Volunteers in golf carts will be on the lookout for those needing assistance.

One World Day runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27 in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.