Honoring Pulaski, Celebrate Polish-American Pride Day in Erie County
Honor Pulaski and celebrate Polish-American Pride Day in Erie County
Each year, The General Pulaski Association, Inc brings thousands of people together for its Annual Pulaski Day Parade. The parade pays tribute to Revolutionary War Hero, Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski and allows the community and its organizations to celebrate Polish-American pride. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing, the 82nd Annual Pulaski Day Parade will not be the same but the organization will still help the community celebrate Polish-American pride and pay tribute to the man who saved George Washington’s life.
On Saturday September 19th, The 82nd Annual Pulaski Day parade will be a celebration of Polish American pride throughout Erie County. Beginning at 10AM, the association will distribute a FREE car window flag of the Polish flag to each vehicle (retail value $27 each) at a parking lot in front of The Eastern Hills Mall. At 11AM, the vehicles will disperse and drive by nursing homes, hospitals, Polish churches, landmarks, through neighborhoods all throughout Erie County, or wherever the drivers wish.
Drivers are asked to wear their white and red, decorate their cars, play their favorite Polka music or Polish music and help brighten up someone’s day. There will be prizes given out to the best decorated vehicles. Non profit organizations with 10 vehicles or more, will receive a donation.
To avoid putting constraints on local law enforcement with traffic control, the organization is not organizing one big motorcade. Instead, the organization is asking people to just go wherever they want and spread their Polish-American pride.
Beginning at 12:30PM at The St. Stanislaus Social Center , the organization will be selling takeout Polish meals. The meals are $12 each and will include 2 potato pancakes (sour cream on the side), kielbasa (donated by Wardynski’s), lazy pierogi, bread and butter, and a Polish sweet treat. To follow social distancing guidelines, vehicles are asked to drive down Wilson St. towards St. Stanislaus Church from William St., Volunteers wearing masks and gloves will be selling takeout meals at one door and then other volunteers will be delivering the takeout meals at another door.
Joseph Mikolaj Rej Jr. President of The General Pulaski Association, Inc. said “ We honor General Pulaski each year because he fought and died for our freedom. Pulaski was a true hero in Poland and the United States. Honoring him each year with our parade has brought people of all sexes, races,religions, and heritages together to celebrate this true American hero. In times like today, we need more of that and we hope that with us celebrating his memory in 2020, it will help bring us closer together and put a smile on the face of people in our community during this difficult time. Buy your friends and family a Polish meal and perhaps drive by the Pulaski Statue in Ellicott Square downtown and give a little honk while passing by General Pulaski.”
The Polish meal will be prepared by Morluski’s Polish and Italian restaurant and all proceeds will go towards the funding of a Polish Cultural Center. St. Stanislaus Social Center is located at 389 Peckham St. The Polish car window flags will only be available while supplies last, it is recommended to register in advance to secure your flag for each participating vehicle. You can register at www.generalpulaski.com. The Polish takeout meal will also be only available while supplies last, those participating in the parade can buy discounted takeout meal tickets for $11 each while picking up their Polish flag at The Eastern Hills Mall. Meals will be available until 2PM or until sold out.
This year marks the 275th Anniversary of the birth of Casimir Pulaski, known as “The Father of the American Cavalry”. The Annual Pulaski Day Parade is known as one of the biggest celebrations of Polish pride outside of Poland. Some notable people that have taken part in the parade are US President John F. Kennedy, US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, Secretary of State of the Republic of Poland Anna Maria Anders, WWII General Wladyslaw Anders, 2 time Emmy Award Winning Actress Loretta Swit, and WWE Hall of Fame Wrestler Beth “Phoenix” Copeland.
Proceeds of the takeout meal will go towards funding a Polish Cultural Center
Cost: Free to be in Honoring Pulaski, Celebrating Polish-American Pride Day
Free Polish car window flag
Those participating in Celebrating Polish-American Pride Day event can purchase tickets for the Polish takeout meal for $11
Those who wish to just purchase the Polish takeout meal the price is $12
Phone: (716) 218-0550
Event url: www.generalpulaski.com
4545 Transit Rd
Williamsville, NY 14221
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