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/
Photos include sites within the Ukrainian Village commercial corridor.
“To me, Parma is a feeling; a rustic and polished beauty that I try to capture in my pictures of this great city.”
View photos at: https://parmayps.com/2017/07/06/parma-native-shares-city-photos/
You know you’re from Parma when…
Pierogies don’t mean Mrs. T’s.
You’ve been to “Uki” school or know someone who has.
You spend your summers going church festival hopping.
Continue reading at: https://parmayps.com/2017/06/17/you-know-youre-from-parma-when/