The videos and photos show below represent just the tip of the iceburg of this immensely popular event:
New York City’s Fifth Avenue closed Sunday, October 6th, 2013, from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM as Polish-Americans joined together in honor of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, hero of the American Revolutionary War. The parade stepped off from Fifth Avenue at 35th Street at 12:30 p.m. with the Honor Guard of the New York City Police and Fire Departments leading the way up 5th Avenue to 56th Street.
The Honorable Michal Kulawik, 2013 Grand Marshal, accompanied by numerous dignitaries from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, led over 150 Polish-American organizations marching up Fifth Avenue along with veterans’ organizations; members of the Boy and Girl Scouts; and, members of cultural organizations attired in colorful folk dress representing the various regions of Poland. Local Polish communities, each led by their local Contingent Marshal, featured 25 floats and 30 marching bands.
“The Pulaski Day Parade has been celebrated on Fifth Avenue since 1937 and is the second longest active parade in New York City history and marches rain or sun”, said General Pulaski Memorial Committee President Richard Zawisny. “The parade’s theme is ‘March, March Polonia, March Brave Nation’, Mr. Zawisny noted. “Polish-Americans are proud of Casimir Pulaski, known as the ‘Father of the American Cavalry’, for his bravery and dedication to the cause of freedom in his own country and during the American Revolutionary War.” Pulaski, recruited by the Marquis de Lafayette and Benjamin Franklin, received a commission as a Brigadier General from General George Washington in 1777 and was killed in battle in 1779 at the Battle of Savannah, Georgia.
Prior to the parade, there was a con-celebrated Liturgy at 9:00 AM at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, New York. Clergy from Polish communities in the tri-state were invited to con-celebrate. A breakfast followed the Liturgy at the 3 West Club on 51st Street.
Pulaski Parade 2013 - Part II
Pułaski Parade Photos Gallery
Shrine to Our Lady of Częstochowa at St. Patrick's Cathedral
August 3, 2014 - The event was attended by Janina Zadrożna, who was a liaison in the Warsaw Uprising. Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka was also present. Completing the mural would not have been possible without close cooperation of Rafał Pisarczyk - artist and author of the mural - and Grzegorz Fryc, Vicepresident of Pangea Alliance.
Polish in New York City, Greenpoint and Riverhead, Long Island
Riverhead, New York
Polish Town Street Fair and Polka Festival: Arts crafts, homemade Polish and American foods. Riverhead NY, August 16 & 17, 2014.
CLICK HERE to see photos and videos of the festival.
Setki osób pojawiło się w niedzielę, 3 sierpnia, pod Polskim Domem Narodowym “Warsaw” na Greenpoincie w Nowym Jorku, na którego ścianie o godz. 17.00 miał zostać oficjalnie odsłonięty
specjalny mural upamiętniający warszawskich powstańców, których powojenne losy rzuciły do Stanów Zjednoczonych. Obok polskich i amerykańskich mieszkanców Greenpointu i innych części Nowego Jorku, którym Powstanie Warszawskie jest bliskie sercu, przybyli przedstawiciele polskich i lokalnych władz, politycy i działacze reprezentujący Greenpoint, członkowie Stowarzyszenia Weteranów Armii Polskiej w Ameryce, a także harcerze i żyjący powstańcy.
St. Stanislaus Kostka R.C. Church
To see photos of the church's interior, CLICK HERE.
More Polish Greenpoint
Restauracja RELAX Restaurant
68 Newell Street (near Nassau)
“Greenpoint. The Transition” Block Festival
“Greenpoint. The Transition” is a series of cultural and social activities realized in New York, USA by the Culture Shock Foundation between May and December, 2014. The project consists of educational workshops, concert series, movie screenings, and local recreational activities, all targeted at Poles, those with Polish roots, and everyone interested in Polish culture and history.
On the 20th of September 2014 at Leonard Street, between Norman Ave and Meserole Ave, we are organizing a single block festival: an open air neighborhood event that will be a great opportunity to celebrate Greenpoint, integrate old and new inhabitants, and an unforgettable farewell to summer!
In program: concerts (Polish folk music, classical and popular music), photo exhibitions, educational and fun games and activities for kids, great occasion to see work of Polish and other artists from Greenpoint.
For artists, vendors, businesses, passionate people who want to present their unique work it will be a great opportunity to present themselves and sell their products and services.
Although the United States would not enter the Second World War until the end of 1941, the fairgrounds served as a window into the troubles overseas. The pavilions of Poland and Czechoslovakia, for example, did not reopen for the 1940 season. Also on 4 July that same year, two New York City Police Department officers were killed by a blast while investigating a time bomb left at the British Pavilion.
Countries under the thumb of the Axis powers in Europe in 1940 like Poland, Czechoslovakia, and France ran their pavilions with a special nationalistic pride. The only major world power that did not participate for the 1939 season was Germany, citing budget pressures. The USSR Pavilion was dismantled after the first season, leaving an empty lot called "The American Commons". When the fair closed, many among the European staff were unable to return to their home countries, so they remained in the US and in some cases exercised a tremendous influence on American culture. For example, Henri Soulé moved from the French Pavilion at the fair to open Le Pavillon restaurant, retaining Pierre Franey as head chef.
World War II presented additional problems with what to do with the exhibits on display in the pavilions of countries under Axis occupation. In the case of the Polish Pavilion, most of the items were sold by the Polish Government in exile in London to the Polish Museum of America and shipped to Chicago. A notable exception was made for a monument of the Polish-Lithuanian King Jagiełło to which Mayor Fiorello La Guardia took such a liking that he helped spearhead a campaign to have it installed in Central Park, where it still stands today.
The King Jagiello Monument is an equestrian monument of king of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, Władysław II Jagiełło, located in Central Park, New York City. Raised on its grand plinth it is one of the most prominently-sited and impressive of twenty-nine sculptures located in Central Park. The monument is sited overlooking the east end of the Turtle Pond, across from Belvedere Castle and just south-east from the Great Lawn.]To the northeast is Cleopatra's Needle and beyond, the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The monument represents the triumph of Władysław II Jagiello, who was one of the most famous kings in the histories of Poland and Lithuania, and the creator of the dynastic union of Poland and Lithuania, at the medievalBattle of Grunwald in 1410. Polish and Lithuanian forces, supported by a coalition of Ruthenian, Czech and Tatar allies soundly defeated the Teutonic Order, which had the support of the finest knights of the primarily German,Dutch and English camp.