Polish Constitution Day Parade in Chicago – May 5

There are few places on the planet where you’ll find more Polish people than in Chicago, and this year the city will celebrate the Polish Constitution of 1791 on May 5 with a FREE parade.  The 127th Chicago Polish Parade is celebrating the Polish Constitution of 1791 in honor of the first democratic constitution in Europe and second in the world only to the United States Constitution. They will celebrate 100 years of Poland’s Independence and Illinois’ Bicentennial. Every year the Parade gathers thousands of people devoted to Polonia and Poland. Thousands more are expected to be drawn to the television coverage of the parade provided by Polish TV stations.  Polish values, history, traditions and culture will be presented by the participants of this biggest outside Poland Parade.

The Parade Committee cordially invites all Polish-American organizations, societies, clubs, schools, businesses and individuals to take part as a marcher or spectator in this very important Polish American patriotic event.

The free parade begins at 11:30 a.m. at Columbus and Balbo drives, heading south on Columbus to Monroe.

For more information, visit www.may3parade.org.


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Raising of the Flag Ceremony on Daley Plaza: May 5, 2018 at 9 AM.


Polish Independence and Constitution Parade Banquet Saturday Evening, May 5, 2018

Lone Tree Manor

Social Hour – 6:00 p.m.  Dinner, program & dancing – 7:00p.m.

Parade Grand Marshal: Tom Startek, Vice-Marshals: Edward Cyran i Henryk Janik

Queen: Magda Tolwinska , Court: : Emilia Wojciak and Natalia Ptaszek

Parade Motto: 100 years of Poland’s Regaining Independence

Polish Constitution Day Parade application deadline: April 13, 2018.

Parade Calendar:

April 13 ~ Parade participation applications due:  May 3rd Parade Committee ~ 5835 W. Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

May 5 ~ 8:00 am Wreath laying by Thaddeus Kosciuszko Monument – Polish National Alliance

May 5 ~ 9:00 am Polish Flag raising – Daley Plaza

May 5 ~ 8:30 am Pre-Parade Brunch – Chicago Society

May 5 ~ 11:30 am Parade begins; Balbo & Columbus Dr.

May 5 ~ 2:00 pm Constitution Concert;  Chopin Garten; Grant Park, 11th & Michigan Ave.– Chicago Chopin Foundation

May 5 ~ 6:00 pm Independence Banquet; Lone Tree Manor, reservations: 773-742-1477

May 6  ~ 10:00 Parade  Mass – Holy Trinity Church- Polish National Alliance

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