The dozen or so independent groups that planned this inaugural event were surprised — thrilled, of course — when more than 5,000 people showed up for a taste of Cleveland's first-ever Asian Festival in May in and around Asia Plaza, at East 30th and Payne. Though an early thunderstorm loomed, the sun shone on festivalgoers, many of whom had never before visited Cleveland's Chinatown. By any measure, the event was a rousing success, with people of all ages enjoying the sights, crafts, cuisine, music, dance, and culture of the many nationalities that make up the city's growing Asian community.
Asia Plaza, East 30th St. and Payne Ave., clevelandasianfestival.org
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