Caroling in Ukrainian Village 2017

Коляда в Українському Селі. м. Парма, Огайо, США.


Parma’s Ukrainian Village highlighted as neighborhood that is growing stronger, respects its past

Interesting new article highlighting the unique character of Parma’s Ukrainian Village, from the perspective of George Mount, a new Parma resident:

There’s an effort in Cleveland to recreate what it once was: a city of integrated neighborhoods valuing culture, family, and civic pride. But I often feel no sense of continuity with the past in these urban enclaves. Few of the hippest restaurants and coffee shops have been around for more than a few years. Emblematic of this difficulty to integrate the past are posh condominiums repurposed from closed schools and factories.

It’s great to breathe new life into these structures, but unfortunate that many longtime residents, likely alumni of West Tech or long-ago Eveready employees, can’t afford these luxury dwellings. This fracturing could make you wonder: can the neighborhoods of Cleveland grow stronger while respecting the past?

I believe the answer is “yes,” and the proof is right over the 480 bridge at State Road. It’s a place many urban pioneers reactively call the opposite of cool…

…Ukrainian Village, on the town’s northern border, is a classic inner-ring suburban neighborhood. Unlike many others, it is livable in its own right, proving that there is a way to combine old-world customs, livable neighborhoods, and affordable housing.

(excerpted from The Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook )

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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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Come celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day at the Ukrainian Village Parade in Parma, Ohio! Fun for all ages and the entire family!

The parade starts at 11 am with step off at Grantwood Drive and proceeds to St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral. This year we are showcasing close to 50 groups! Leading the celebration are the color guards of our community: the Cleveland Police, Ukrainian- American Veterans, and the Polish–American Veterans of the State of Ohio. The soundtrack of the parade will be the Valley Forge High School Marching Band, Parma Senior High School Marching Band, and Normandy High School Marching Band. Entertaining us along the parade route will be many Ukrainian and Parma community organizations, businesses, the Cleveland Ghostbusters, Dance troupes including first time parade participant Dance, Dance, Dance, and many others which you will have to come to see. Kids, bring out your Halloween candy bags early to gather up all the candy at the parade! Close to 50 groups means lots of candy for you!

The special honor and designation of Grand Marshall is being given this year to Mr. Wasyl Liscynesky! Mr. Liscynesky is a significant contributor to the greater Cleveland and Ukrainian community. As soon as he arrived from Ukraine to USA, he became a member of the US Army Military Intelligence and continued a successful US government civil service career. His career in computer systems led Mr. Liscynesky to found and own his own company here in Parma: Data Management Services.

Mr. Liscynesky always remembered his native Ukraine while living here with his family in Parma. He has been an active member of the Ukrainian community on the national and local level. He sits on the United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio Board from 1970- to present and was President for 27 years. His board membership includes the Ukrainian American Veterans at the national level and at local Post 24; Cleveland Selfreliance Federal Credit Union from 1961-present and former President for 11 years; American Nationality Movement since 1970, and the Ukrainian American Association at the national and local level. Mr. Liscynesky is active in American political processes. His ever present activism is an excellent example to people of all ages for the importance of being involved in your community. Community involvement and activism may be the fountain of youth for Mr. Liscynesky! We salute you Mr. Wasyl Liscynesky, the Grand Marshall of City of Parma Ukrainian Village Parade 2016!

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday at the parade! If you have any questions about the parade, please contact us at Facebook: Ukrainian Village Parma, or

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!

Caroling in Ukrainian Village to take place on Jan 10, 3 p.m.

You are cordially invited to

START TIME: Caroling begins at 3 p.m.
Caroling led by church choirs and vocal ensembles

LOCATION: St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral
5913 State Road Parma, Ohio 44134

Video from the previous Caroling in Ukrainian Village event in Parma, Ohio. 
Video © 2014-2015 Stefan P. Stefaniuk / Parma Observer

Following the caroling, join us for “Kutya Tastings Contest,” sweets, and refreshments.

To include your unique Kutya recipe in the “Kutya Tasting Contest”, message Ukrainian Village In Parma Ohio on Facebook or email

Click here to check out our Facebook event page!

Parma Council President visits St. Vladimir’s in Ukrainian Village

Parma City Council President Sean Brennan visited St. Vladimir’s recently.

Here’s some of what he had to say:

The Cathedral itself is an architectural wonder, from its beautiful domes to the multitude of wondrous icons. “You will not see statues in Orthodox churches.  Instead, icons have been used throughout history as a teaching tool – as a living Bible,” Fr. John shared. “Years ago many could not afford books and could not read or write, therefore the iconography in the church brought the Biblical stories to life for the congregation,” he added.

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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

To keep up with the latest updates and developments taking place in Parma’s Ukrainian Village, follow “Ukrainian Village In Parma Ohio” at


“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