Parma’s Ukrainian Village commemorates 25th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence

Ukrainian Village story published in The Ukrainian Weekly:

Parma’s Ukrainian American community commemorated the 25th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence with a parade. The annual parade kicked-off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 27, from Cleveland Selfreliance Federal Credit Union, the entryway to Ukrainian Village, a 1.5 mile stretch along Parma’s main thoroughfare, State Road.

Ukrainian Village, lined by nearly 40 Ukrainian American businesses, hosted the parade which proceeded past St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral to the main stage on the grounds of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral directly across from the Ukrainian Heritage Park, dedicated by the City of Parma.

The 50-plus organizations marching in this year’s parade were led by the City of Cleveland Police Color Guard, Ukrainian American Veterans Post 24; American Legion, Joseph J. Jacubic Post 572; and the Polish Legion of American Veterans, F.D. Roosevelt Post 58.

Participating local businesses and Ukrainian organizations were surrounded by the music of all three Parma high school marching bands: Normandy, Valley Forge and Parma high schools. All local Ukrainian churches participated; Orthodox, Catholic and Baptist, along with the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, as did members of the Baltic American Committee of Greater Cleveland.

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7th Annual Ukrainian Village Parade is August 27, 2016 – Sign up today!

The Ukrainian Village Committee cordially invites you to participate in the seventh annual Ukrainian Village Parade on August 27, 2016! As in the past, the parade route is in Ukrainian Village Parma on State Road from the State Road School to Ukrainian Heritage Park.

Groups will gather at 10:00 a.m., with the parade beginning at 11 a.m.

This year’s parade is significant as Ukraine, and Ukrainian communities across the globe, celebrate the milestone twenty-fifth anniversary of Ukraine’s independence!

In honor of this anniversary, we will be awarding a distinction to the most creative and colorful participant in the parade. We encourage all participants to create floats, decorate cars, and wear costumes and uniforms that are relevant to their specific organization or group.

To join in on the celebration, download and complete the parade participation form. Please return it by July 30, 2016, to the Ukrainian Village Committee via mail to:

Ukrainian Village Committee
P.O. BOX 34084

or email to:

On Friday, August 19, 2016, a meeting will be held with representatives of the parade units that committed to participate in the parade. The meeting will be held at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral at 7:00 p.m. in the Annex Building. At this time, unit representatives will receive detailed parade instructions including their assigned staging area.

Should you need to speak with us directly, please call or text Zoriana at (240) 743-7250. Otherwise we can be reached by email: or on Facebook at

We look forward to hearing from you!

Very truly yours,

Zoriana Zobniw
2016 City of Parma Ukrainian Village Parade Chair

Click here to download the Parade Form and return it by July 30, 2016!

Ukrainian Village Parade, Art Walk, And Festival On August 22

On August 22nd, the Ukrainian Village Committee will hold its 6th annual Ukrainian Independence Day Parade in Parma’s Ukrainian Village. The Committee invites all to join them and celebrate this special occasion! The parade procession begins at 11 a.m. on Grantwood Drive, continues north along State Road, and ends at Ukrainian Heritage Park, located across the street fromSt. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral – 5720 State Road, Parma, Ohio.

This year’s parade is being coordinated by Zoriana Zobniw of the Ukrainian Village Committee and will showcase more than 40 marching units. George Salo, of State Meats (5338 State Road), will serve this year as the parade’s Grand Marshal. George and his family have been in business in Ukrainian Village for many years and George is an active member of the Ukrainian community.

Parade participants will include Ukrainian church communities, Parma area social clubs, local businesses, the mayor and city council representatives, city school officials, police honor guards, Veterans organizations, floats, and more! Spirited musical numbers will be performed by local high school marching bands.

After the parade, at Ukrainian Heritage Park, there will be a flag raising ceremony celebrating Ukrainian Independence Day as well as an art walk sponsored by the PlastUkrainian Scouting troop, “Orchidei.” The art walk will feature art for sale and for viewing by artists Oksana Koval, Ulana Woznak, Anizia Karamazyn, and Roman Rakowsky. Proceeds will go to the Ukrainian Freedom Fund, a non-governmental organization whose mission is to help create a free, independent, and democratic Ukraine.

There will also be a festival at St. Josaphat’s astrodome for all to enjoy! It will run from 12 p.m. to midnight and will offer great prizes, live entertainment, and authentic Ukrainian cuisine.

Questions? Contact Zoriana at (240) 743-7250 or email

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“Taras Shevchenko: Painter, Poet, Voice Of The People”

Taras_ShevchenkoThe Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, Branch 12 in Cleveland, Ohio will honor the bard of Ukraine, Taras Shevchenko, in the month celebrating his birth and commemorating his death. Discover the art and poetry of this gifted visionary poet, thinker, and accomplished painter. Born into serfdom, he experienced firsthand the neglect and brutality of the repressive regime under the Russian tsar. Despite being exiled and ostracized, his life came to symbolize a universal will for human freedom.  Shevchenko’s prophetic poetic images have direct relevance to the events occurring in territorial-occupied Ukraine today. His work resonates with the current national struggle of Ukrainians to sever themselves from the vestiges of Russian imperial hegemony.

Drawing on the compelling imagery of Shevchenko’s drawings and paintings, complemented by Shevchenko’s lyrical verse, art historian and Emerita Professor Myroslava M. Mudrak of The Ohio State University-a specialist in Russian and Ukrainian avant-garde art of the 1910s and 1920s—will reveal aspects of Shevchenko’s rich genius that are rarely explored through a presentation entitled:

“Taras Shevchenko: Painter, Poet, Voice of the People”.

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 1:30 pm

Cuyahoga County Library Parma Branch, Conference Room A/B

6996 Powers Blvd., Parma, Ohio  44129


Ukrainian Village Parade On August 23

On Saturday, August 23, the Ukrainian Village Committee will hold its annual Ukrainian Village Parade along State Road in Parma. The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. from State Road School (Grantwood Drive) and proceed north to Ukrainian Heritage Park located across from St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral. The parade will feature over 50 participating groups including a number of high school marching bands, community groups, civic leaders, local businesses, and many others.

Questions? Contact Lisa at (440) 554-8750 or email

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Parma Chess Club To Hold Tournament In Ukrainian Village

Looking for something fun to do this summer? This year, the Parma Chess Club is holding its first annual Ukrainian Heritage Park Chess Tournament for players of all ages and skill levels in Parma’s Ukrainian Village! Slated for Saturday, August 9th, the tournament will be held at Ukrainian Heritage Park, located just north of the intersection of State and Snow Roads directly across the street from St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church on State Road. Rain date is Sunday, August 10th.

Parking will be available across the street at St. Josaphat’s parking lot and along nearby side streets such as Ligget Drive, Lucerne Avenue, and Hearthstone Road.

The tournament will be broken down into four sections featuring four rounds (G/30 + 5s delay) with onsite entry between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. The rounds will take place at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 2 p.m. Rated sections will have an entry fee of $20 with cash prizes awarded to the top two finalists. Adult and youth beginner sections will have an entry fee of $5 with trophies awarded to the top two finalists.

During this exciting event, food and refreshments will be available at the park. A delicious variety of lunch and snack options are also conveniently located within walking distance. These options include the Tradesman Tavern (5746 State Rd), Lviv International Foods (5689 State Rd), Royal Donut (5759 State Rd), and La Bakery Boutique (5721 State Rd).

Specific questions about the upcoming Ukrainian Heritage Park Chess Tournament or the Parma Chess Club can be directed to William Wright of the Parma Chess Club. He can be reached by phone at (440) 572-9565 or by email at

The Parma Chess Club is dedicated toward promoting the great game of chess for players of all ages and levels of ability. They meet every Tuesday, except holidays, from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. at German Central, 7863 York Rd, Parma, OH, 44130.  

To learn more about the Parma Chess Club and its upcoming events, To keep up with the latest news and developments in Parma’s Ukrainian Village, visit


Parma Supports Euromaidan Protests In Ukraine

Euromaidan comes to Parma:

“Parma is with the Ukrainians!” So said Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter, who, on a cold, snowy day in December, enthusiastically offered words of inspiration and support at the most recent Euromaidan demonstration in Ohio’s seventh largest city and heart of the Cleveland area’s growing Ukrainian community. At Parma’s City Hall and Ukrainian Heritage Park in Ukrainian Village, hundreds have turned out for several organized demonstrations in a show of solidarity with the ongoing Euromaidan protests in Ukraine – a Texas-size country of 45 million located east of Poland and west of Russia in what some have referred to as the geographic center of Europe.

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Shopping small is easy in Parma’s Ukrainian Village

Parma is ready for Small Business Saturday.

Shopping small at local independent businesses is easy to do in a place like Parma,” Mayor DeGeeter said. “Parma has Polish Village and Ukrainian Village and other business districts that cater to people looking for unique items to purchase. I look forward to seeing lots of folks out shopping that day.”

Small Business Saturday, a national campaign started in 2010 by American Express, was started to encourage consumers to include small and independent businesses in their holiday shopping, even if they shop national chains on Black Friday.


Parma’s Ukrainian Independence Day Parade A Success

On August 24th, the Ukrainian Village Committee held its fourth annual Ukrainian Independence Day in Parma’s Ukrainian Village. As in previous years, the weather and the turnout were incredible! The parade procession began on Grantwood Drive, continued north along State Rd, and ended at the site of the Ukrainian Heritage Park. Thousands of onlookers came out to watch the parade and take part in the after-parade festivities at St. Josaphat’s astrodome!

This year’s parade also featured two new parade coordinators from the Ukrainian Village Committee – Andrea Jakubowycz and Lisa Shyjka-Shrubowich. Together, these two dedicated young women managed to organize a wonderful parade event showcasing a total of 56 marching units. The Ukrainian-American Veterans Post 24 were honored as the parade’s first Grand Marshals.

Parade participants included Ukrainian church communities, Parma area social clubs, local businesses, the mayor and city council representatives from all nine wards, city school officials, police honor guards, dog park activists, floats, and more! Spirited musical numbers were performed by the Parma, Normandy, and Holy Name high school marching bands. Atlas Transmission also decorated a flatbed that recognized the newly established sister city relationship between Parma, Ohio and Lviv, Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Village Committee thanks everyone who made this year’s parade a huge success: to each participant and everyone in the crowd; to all parade marshals; to the city of Parma and the Parma Police Department; and many other friends and volunteers whose help and support made this year’s parade such an amazing event. The Ukrainian Village Committee looks forward to an even bigger parade and celebration next year on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 with their fifth annual Ukrainian Independence Day parade. Stay tuned!

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