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Polish in Chicago - Recovering the Past with The Polish Constitution Day Parade - Early Morning Start
Graj, Panu, Graj!

Christmas CD


Polish in Chicago

- Polish Constitution Day -
Chicago 2011 - Mayor Daley's Last Parade 
The Polish Constitution Day Parade in Chicago is the largest Polish parade outside of Poland, and celebrates the anniversary of the ratification of the Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791, the second democratic constitution in the World (after the United States), and the first in Europe.

For 115 years, Polonia's various community organizations have come together to organize this traditional Chicago salute to pride and tradition. Every year the parade is held on the Saturday closest to the third day of May. The main organizer of the Parade is the Association of Polish Clubs, under whose leadership the Grand Marshall and Queen of the Parade are elected. Organizers allocate than places in the marching column to all participants (like organizations, schools, bands, folk dancing groups). The parade has also been an occasion that both local and national politicians have used to curry favor with Chicago Polonia, or Polish community. Most notably Robert Kennedy attended the festivities on May 7 of 1961 along with attending mass at Holy Trinity Polish Mission before the parade All are welcome to participate and march. Whether you are a volunteer from Morningside Recovery or a high school football marching band from Florida, organizers won't turn you away. 

The very first Parade took place in 1892 in Humboldt Park, which - at the time - was locatedin the heart of Polish Downtown. After World War II,the parade was moved to downtown, first to State Street, then to Dearborn Street, and finally - from 2003 - to Grant Park. Every year the Parade starts from the location of Buckingham Fountain and ends by the bridge over the Chicago River.

Chicago's Polonia, the largest Polish community outside Warsaw proudly participate in the Parade in Downtown Chicago. During the last Parade in 2006, 144 marching groups participated with an audience of - according to various sources - between 60 to 140 thousand people. In the coming years, that number is expected to grow even bigger. Plenty of ideas to expand the parade are no doubt in the works; volunteer projects, Morningside Recovery community service programs and so much more are all possibilities. Morningside Recovery, Allstate and other Chicago institutions enjoy donating to help events like this throughout the city. 

Polonia Music

Graj, Panu, Graj!

23 Instrumental 
Kolędy i Pastorałki Treasures

Performed by
Bob Johnson
May 3rd Constitution
Polish Salt Lamps are available from SOLAY
The Polish Museum of America in Chicago announces that the theme for this year's Polish Constitution Day Contest is " Art Inspired By Polish Literature". Artwork should be illustrations of Polish literature, prose or poetry. For details, call Monica Nowak (773) 384-3352 ext. 103. You can also find information here: www.polishmuseumofamerica.org.
At the Dawn of the 20th century, Chicago was the second largest city in the United States with over 2,000,000 residents. It was also the center of Polish culture and political activism in America. With Poland partitioned between Russia, Austria and Germany, over 4,000,000 Poles immigrated to the United States between 1870 and 1920 in search of a better life. In Chicago, they worked in some of the most dangerous factories and mills in the United States. In their neighborhoods, they built communities, churches, and most of all, aided their beloved Poland in her fight for independence. Their story is known as the "Fourth Partition".
Patrick Henry Presents:
The Great Thanksgiving Weekend Polka Trot!
Four Great Bands, 
Three Big Days, 
Two Legendary Locations, 
One Heck-of-a-Good Time!
Friday-Sunday, November 28, 29 and 30, 2014

Friday, Glendora Banquets, 10225 S. Harlem Avenue, Chicago Ridge, Illinois 60415
Music by: The Polka Family Band from Pennsylvania!
Doors Open 5:30pm, Music: 6pm - 10pm, $15

Saturday, Summit VFW Hall, 7256 W. 63rd Street, Summit, Illinois 60501
Music by: The Legendary Sounds from Michigan/Ohio/New York!
Doors Open 7:00pm, Music: 7:30pm - 11:30pm, $12  

Sunday, Glendora Banquets, 10225 S. Harlem Avenue, Chicago Ridge, Illinois 60415
Music by TWO Great bands: The I.P.A. Tribute Band and Benji Gaboda & Polka Pak from Stevens Point, Wisconsin!
Doors Open 12:30pm, Music: 1pm -6pm. $12
Parking: Free!

The Great Thanksgiving Weekend Polka Trot!
Friday, November 28, at Glendora Banquets, 10225 S. Harlem Avenue, Chicago Ridge, Illinois 60415
The Polka Family Band from Pennsylvania! This will be an early evening start. 
Doors will open at 5:30pm and music will be from 6pm - 10pm. Come straight from work or after a heavy day of shopping and let your toils of the day be rewarded with a great evening of fun with the Polka Family Band! One most most popular bands across the country; A party with The Polka Family is one you don't want to miss. The story is as old a music itself! Accordion playing young man from Pennsylvania moves to California in the 1950's. He meets a girl. They get married, have a few kids. The kids turn out to have a bunch of musical talent! Next thing you know, they have a band! If only they had the psychedelic bus to go "travelin' along!"... Eventually, they moved back to Pennsylvania took the Polka world by storm! Along the way, they picked-up just about every award the Polka industry produces and even few Grammy award nominations! Mom and dad are gone now, and his brothers and sister have moved on, but for over 30 years, Hank Guzevich has thrilled and excited audiences with his musicianship, energy and a stage presence that is totally unique. A master on the trumpet, occasionally, don't be surprised if you see him playing the trumpet with one hand and an electric bass with the other! While respecting past styles of polka music, and delivering them flawlessly, Hank and his Polka Family push the creative envelope, infusing a polka beat into the many pop, rock, and country songs they have covered over the years and also writing some of the most covered tunes in Polka music today.$15

Saturday, November 29, at Summit V.F.W. Hall, 7256 W. 63rd Street, Summit, Illinois 60501 
Day two of Patrick Henry's Thanksgiving Polka Trot! brings The Legendary Sounds from Michigan, Ohio and even New York to the Summit VFW Hall. Polka fans will remember this as the scene of many great events over the years! Join award winners Frank Liszka, Matt Lewandowski, Steve Hayest, David Walter, Ron Marcissuk Jr. and Ronald Marcissuk Sr.* for an unforgettable evening of fun. 

VFW Caterings awesome, famous Chicken Dinner will be available for purchase! Plenty of free parking! Doors open at 7:00pm and music is from 7:30-11:30pm. $12

Sunday, November 30, at Glendora Banquets: Two Bands!!! 
The I.P.A. Tribute Band will be playing those classic songs made famous by your favorite Polka stars and adding some new ones as well. Some of the biggest names in Polka Music pay homage to the greats of the past with exciting musicianship, soaring vocals and a show that never slows down... except maybe for a waltz or two... That's what's waiting for you with the I.P.A. Tribute Band.

Benji Gaboda & Polka Pak brings the party down from Wisconsin one more time this year! It's that hard driving, old-fashioned grind that makes Polka Pak one of the most popular bands today.! 
Doors open at 12:30 and music is from 1-6pm. $12
Join the Bus from Central, Wisconsin with Polka Pak! Call Betty at 715-498-4171. E-mail: towpro210@att.net

Stay the weekend! Use code word "Polka"

Motel 6 (formerly Days Inn), $59+tax, 9625 S. 76th Avenue, Bridgeview, IL 60455 (708) 430-1818.
Super 8 Hotel, $69-$79+tax, 7887 West 79th Street, Bridgeview, IL 60455, (708) 458-8008.
Newly remodeled rooms and includes their 8-item SuperStart Breakfast Bonanza, free! 

Kids under 16 are free with adult or guardian at all these events and tables may be reserved for any event for groups of 8 or more.

For any additional information and the latest updates, please check my website at www.polkadj.com or call me at 773-889-6811.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/378124392353520/

Finally, don't forget to tune in my show "The Patrick Henry Show!" every Tuesday, "Live" on the Polka Jammer Network at www.polkajammernetwork.org

*Scheduled to appear. Line-up may change without notice. 

P.S. Once again, due to circumstances beyond our control, The Lake Geneva Polka Fest, originally scheduled has been canceled at the Harbor Shores Resort. Please contact the resort at 888-746-7371 for any refunds that are required.