When: August 25, 2018
10 a.m. groups gather at State Road School lot
11 a.m. parade step off on State Road
Where: The parade route is on State Road, beginning at the State Road School lot to
Ukrainian Heritage Park.
How do I take part: Click here to download the parade participation form.
Please return it to Ukrainian Village Committee via mail or email by July 31, 2018.
Mail: PO Box 34084, Parma, Ohio 44134
Why: It’s a fun community event in the heart of Parma! Also you can win a prize! Once
again this year, 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.
Preparation: On Friday, August 17, 2018, a meeting will be held with representatives of
the participating parade units. The meeting will be at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic
Cathedral Annex Building at 7:00 p.m. At this time, unit representatives will receive detailed parade instructions including their assigned staging area.
Point of Contact: If you need to speak with us directly, call or text Roman (614) 425-1309.
Thank you for supporting this major City of Parma annual event!
If you know of others who would like to participate in the parade, please share this letter
with them. And if your group is unable to participate, please come and join the festivities
on the parade route!
Very truly yours,
Secretary of Ukrainian Village Committee
Signature Event: Within sight of the majestic golden domes of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, Parma holds its annual Ukrainian Independence Day Parade and Festivities every August. Celebrating the 1991 establishment of Ukraine’s sovereign state, this revelry shows off elaborately decorated floats decked out in the traditional colors of blue and gold, a lineup of vintage and classic cars driving down State Road and a full array of treats such as chocolate babka and paczki.
To view photos from the parade, click on the links below:
#VeteranOfTheDay Air Force Veteran William Stefaniuk
Born in Ukraine, William immigrated to the United States in 1949 with his family. He enlisted as an Airman Basic when he was 19 years old and trained at the Department of Air Police Training. There he was assigned to the 3628th School Squadron, 3275th Technical School.
During his time in the Air Force, William served with the 6313th Air Base Wing at Kadena Air Force Base in Japan and at Loring Air Force Base. He worked as an Air Policeman and in administration. One of his hobbies was chess and in 1962 he was crowned the Loring Air Force Base Chess Champion.
After separating from the military, William, father of six children, worked as a public school teacher in Ohio.
In a 1959 Lackland Talespinner feature, William, while training at Lackland Air Force Base said, “My father brought us to America to find freedom and we have found it.”
Lackland Talespinner (c. 1959): William Stefaniuk – Ukrainian Refugee at Lackland 30 Apr 1959
Parma is the only city in Ohio to make the list.
“The National Council for Home Safety and Security named Parma as one of the Top 100 Safest Cities in America. The organization is comprised of companies and individuals in the home safety and security industries.”
Continue reading at: http://www.cleveland.com/parma/index.ssf/2017/08/parma_named_one_of_americas_to.html
Many beautiful murals can be seen throughout Ukrainian Village in Parma, Ohio.
“State Meats has served up Ukrainian sausages and other specialties for more than forty years. So it seems the perfect place to display a mural welcoming all to Ukrainian Village.”
“Lviv International Food Store is home of delicious European food, drinks and dessert. It’s also home to some beautiful vinyl film wall art, provided by Brunswick company Inflatable Images.”
“The site of the old Parma Lock Service displays another view of Ukraine from Inflatable Images. These vinyl works were paid for with government-issued grants for city improvements.”
“Good Olde Daze has served Parma food and drinks for more than 25 years. Its scene of the Ukranian city of Lviv is the final piece of the government-funded art on State Road. Former Mayor Dean DePiero said aesthetic improvements such as these capitalize on Parma’s strong ethnic heritage and make the city more attractive to people and businesses.”
Many others can also be seen when driving, walking, or riding your bike on State Rd.
Continue reading: https://parmayps.com/2017/07/30/take-the-parma-murals-tour/