Polish Constitution Weekend 2017 In Parma's Polish Village

On Polish Constitution Day, this vintage fire truck features a Polish flag. | Photo © 2015-2017 Stefan P. Stefaniuk

Once again, the Ohio Division of the Polish American Congress (PAC) continues a 69-year tradition during the weekend of May 5 through May 7, with much of it taking place in Parma's Polish Village!

Since its founding in 1948, the Ohio Division of the PAC has annually sponsored Ohio’s ­official celebration of the signing of Poland’s Constitution of May 3, 1791. 

The calendar of scheduled events highlighted on the PAC website is as follows:

On Friday, May 5, there will be an informal meet and greet event at the Parma Cafe (5780 Ridge Rd, Parma) from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.

On Saturday, May 6, the Miss Polonia Contest will be held from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. at the St. Charles Social Hall where Miss Polonia and Junior Miss Polonia will be crowned. John Szleszynski & Son will provide music for listening and dancing. Tickets are $10.00. Light refreshments will be available for purchase.

On Sunday, May 7, there will be the Wreath Laying, Mass, Grand Parade, and Party. The traditional laying of wreathes will take place at Casimir Pulaski Monument (next to ­Cleveland City Hall) at 9 a.m. It is followed by the Mass which will be held at St. Charles Church (5891 Ridge Rd, Parma) at 10:30 a.m.

The parade will begin at 2 p.m. at Parma Circle (Ridge Rd, just north of The Shoppes at Parma) and will proceed north toward intersection of Ridge and Snow Roads. Those participating will include Parma City Officials, Parma area high school bands, US military color guard units, veteran posts in northeast Ohio, and many more.

A formal program after the parade will be held under the big tent behind Unity Catholic Credit Union (5839 Ridge Rd, Parma) with food and drinks available from a number of local vendors. Music will be ­provided by Northcoast Mix.

For additional information, please call Mark Relovsky, General Chairman at (216) 970-0507 or e-mail him at mjrmotu@cox.net, or Allan Szuflada, PAC 1st vice-president at (216) 798-0181.

You can also visit PolishAmericanCongress-Ohio.com to learn more. A weekend event flyer can be viewed at PolishAmericanCongress-Ohio.com/Schedule.pdf

Remember to visit PolishVillageParma.comFacebook.com/PolishVillage, and Twitter.com/PolishVillage to keep up with the latest news in Parma's Polish Village.

Stefan P. Stefaniuk

Stefan P. Stefaniuk has been a Parma, Ohio resident since 1982 and enjoyed growing up in Parma's incredible historic downtown neighborhood. After serving five years in the U.S. Navy, he was honorably discharged in 2009 and returned to Parma, where he now resides with his wife and three children.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 2:44 PM, 05.02.2017