Polish Constitution Day Parade

Polish Constitution Day Parade

Join us in Slavic Village for the Polish Constitution Day Parade!

When an especially colorful Cleveland Polish Constitution Day Parade steps off in Slavic Village on April 30th, the occasion will be especially joyful.  For the festivities will help inaugurate the new Fleet Avenue, once the main street of Northeast Ohio’s largest Polish community and now transformed by a multi-year construction project into the First Complete and Green Street in Cleveland.

 

The history

Polish Constitution Day is pageantry, music, poetry, colorful flags and costumes, delicious food, —and neighborly fun. The holiday is as old as history and as current as today. Drafted four years after, and heavily influenced by, the United States Constitution, the document was the most advanced political statement of its kind in Europe. For over two centuries, in good times and bad, it endured as a symbol of personal liberty and national pride. Its revolutionary nature is captured in Article 5: “All authority in human society takes its origin in the will of the people.”

Clevelanders will honor it in much the same way as their ancestors honored it upon their arrival as immigrants to America in the late Nineteenth Century: with music, religious liturgies, cultural programs, street performances and sociability.

To prepare, the East 63rd Street Block Club will on Saturday morning, April 29th once again lead scores of volunteers, as they fan out to clean the public spaces of the old neighborhood. Flowers will be planted and brilliant red-white bunting will be hung along the parade route. And then the festivities will begin, spanning several days and filling some of the most cherished cultural sites of the Warszawa Historic District:

The program

Saturday, April 29th at 7pm:  the Polish Constitution Day Concert at the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus, featuring classical and contemporary music performed on the church’s Steinway by pianist Konrad Binienda, along with colleagues from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Freewill offering.

Sunday, April 30th at 10am: the Polish Constitution Day Mass at St. Stanislaus, accompanied by brass and percussion.

Sunday, from 11am-1pm: the Polish American Cultural Center Sunday Brunch, food for purchase.

Sunday at 1:30pm: the Polish Constitution Day Parade, stepping off from the west end of Fleet Avenue at Washington Park and proceeding eastward   to East 65th St., then turning south for closing ceremonies at the Cultural Center on Lansing Avenue. Create a parade float! Call 216.469.4806 to participate as an individual, family, or group.

Sunday at 3: Parade After-party, featuring performances by parade artists, music by DJs John and Mark Sleszynski and food for purchase.

Wednesday, May 3rd at 7pm: Polish Constitution Day Reception at the Cultural Center, with cultural readings, music, and food. Free.

Friday, May 5th at 6pm:  Four Eagles Award Banquet of St. Stanislaus Church, to be held at the Tremont Cityside Ballroom. Honoree is the late Cleveland Housing Court Judge Raymond Pianka. Tickets  216.341.9091.

Later in May: Polish Constitution Ceremony in University Circle, which this year will be temporarily relocated from its normal location at the Kosciuszko Monument, due to construction of the Nord Family Greenway.

Get involved

The Cleveland Polish Constitution Celebration is for everyone. The planning committee invites individuals and organizations to be part of this remarkable Cleveland event–as volunteers, donors, paraders, and visitors.  For more information, call 216.469.4806.

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