This past weekend was the annual celebration of a long-lasting New York City tradition: the Pulaski Day Parade. Founded 80 years ago, the Pulaski Day Parade celebrates General Casimir Pulaski, an American Revolutionary War hero. After meeting Benjamin Franklin in Paris, the Polish general traveled to North America to fight with the Continental Army against the British. Eventually, after distinguishing himself in support of George Washington’s forces on more than one occasion, the Continental Congress gave Pulaski charge of the first American cavalry. Today, New York City’s Pulaski Day Parade celebrates both Pulaski’s contributions to American independence and Polish-American citizens in the New York City metropolitan area.
Unsurprisingly, then, the parade begins with this float featuring General Pulaski (or his look-alike).
This year, the parade’s theme was “Polish-American Youth, in Honor of World Youth Day, Krakow, Poland.” And there were plenty of children and teenagers (as well as adults) in the parade, including some dressed in traditional Polish clothing and Polish scouts.
Parade float celebrating World Youth Day
There were also a number of Polish and Polish-American veterans organizations in the parade.
And, like all parades, bystanders also saw numerous NYC police officers and fire fighters and marching bands.
A few final miscellaneous photos from this year’s Pulaski Day Parade:
Honoring Pulaski, who died on October 11, 1779 in the Battle of Savannah, the parade is held in early October each year. The parade marches its way up Fifth Avenue from 39th Street to 56th Street.
10 thoughts on “NYC’s Pulaski Day Parade”
Thanks for another bit of Polish history. I hadn’t realised there were such diverse national costumes: I’ve seen no sign of them in Warsaw, except in the ethnographic museum.
Sometimes I think that immigrants and their descendants in NYC hold on to some of the traditional things like these costumes more than people do in their own countries – it may be a way to hold on to memories and family connections. I see them at parades and festivals throughout the city regularly, and it definitely makes it fun!
Just adore these parades! The costumes are so beautiful and you have captured the joyous occasion so well Susan.
Thanks, Marion! I have to admit that I always find the parades fun. They have so much in common with each other, but there are also the things like the traditional costumes that make each parade unique.
The colorful costumes are so festive. Looks like a fun parade.
A colourful celebration with people of all ages 🙂
Some beautiful folk costumes and the old Polish general in his uniform is very striking!
Looks like fun! Have you ever walked over the bridge dedicated to him? Beautiful skyline views.
I haven’t, although I’ve been to the microbrewery in the shadow od the bridge! (Transmitter Brewing) sounds like something I should do sometime.
I love parades and this one looks like so much fun. The traditional clothing and costumes are gorgeous! Anita