Grand Marshal with a sash
On 23 January, Grand Marshal Sash Ceremony took place in Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York. The sash was handed to Marcin Luc, the Grand Marshal of the 85th Pulaski Parade.
The event was hosted by Richard Mazur, a valued Polish community leader. After a brief welcome, the floor was given to Adrian Kubicki, Consul General of Poland in New York. The Consul expressed his hope that October’s parade would take place without any pandemic restrictions.
Pulaski Day Parade is a beautiful example of manifestation of Polish culture, origin and tradition. I perfectly remember when I was standing by a railing on the Fifth Avenue and watching my first Parade. I could not believe that one of the most famous streets in the world can suddenly turn completely red and white. It did not even cross my mind at that time that one day I would be at the other side of that railing having an honour to lead the Pulaski Day Parade myself – said Marcin Luc, the Grand Marshal of the 85th Pulaski Parade.
Let us build strong Polish American community
On 17 September Pulaski Parade Banquet took place in Marriott Marquis Hotel, Manhattan. The banquet returned to the prestigious Times Square located hotel after 2 years of absence caused by COVID-19 restrictions.
505 guests participated in this year’s Banquet, said Jadwiga Kopala who was in charge for organisation of this year’s banquet on behalf of Pulaski Day Parade Committee.
Official celebration was attended by Eric Adams, Mayor of New York. In his speech, Adams called New York, Warsaw of the US, a capital of the Polish American community in the United States. He also underlined the merits of General Pulaski as well as the contribution of Polish American community in the development of the state.
The event was attended by many distinguished guests: Marek Magierowski, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the United States of America, representatives of Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York: Adrian Kubicki, Consul General of Poland in New York, Stanisław Starnawski Vice-Consul as well as Curtis Sliwa, an activist of Polish descent.
polish & slavic pulaski day festival central park
The 85th Pulaski Day Parade was followed by a memorable musical event.
Central Park’s Summer Stage turned into red and white concert stage. The event’s organiser was Grzegorz Fryc. Several well-known Polish artists performed at the event including Golec uOrkiestra, Cleo, Mesajah, Rafał Brzozowski, Zbuku and Natalia Kawalec.
The festival following the Parade has become part of the celebration of the so called Polish American Heritage Month in NYC. The organisers hope that the festival will contribute to greater recognisability of Polish culture among American community.