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CLEVELAND -- Clevelanders are coming together this weekend to celebrate a growing and vibrant city.

It's a welcomed sight for those who remember a city without much life.

With a Mardi Gras style parade on the US Bank Plaza, it's hard to believe it's Cleveland.

"It makes for a vibrant city as opposed to a dead city'" said Clevelander Mitsi Wagner.

Wagner has been attending Cleveland events for 40 years.

Though once few and far between - She and many others say it's about time the number of events and attractions are growing.

"It's certainly nice to see a lot more activity downtown and nice to see so many people on the streets on Saturdays and Sundays, not just during the work-week," said Clevelander Kathy Biddlestone.

This weekend alone, a citywide celebration will be in full force.

For the first time the Tri C Jazz Fest, sponsored by the Cleveland Foundation as it's June Centennial gift to the community, is outdoors.

"It's a little surprising and very positive," said Clevelander Gary Claxton.

Also, Progressive field is filled with fans – food, wine and beer fans that is.

Many say it's events like the Grapes and Ale that help draw crowds downtown for more than just an evening of fun.

"Downtown Cleveland is a place you can live. You don't have to drive to Lakewood to go grocery shopping or run your errands," said Clevelander Tim Hamilton.

And where else will you find the largest outdoor Yoga session at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nearly doubling its size in just one year.

"When you actually go out and you hit the street and you come out and you see what's really happening you see this number has gone from 1400 to 2800 and people in Cleveland are committed to being really, truly, a community," said Alex Sheen.

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