The 74th Annual Pulaski Day Parade started at 12:30pm at the intersection of 29th Street and Fifth Avenue and proceeded to 53rd Street. Grand Marshal Dariusz Knapik escorted the parade throughout the streets of New York City.
Various Polish-American organizations and sponsors, including Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union and LOT Airlines, participated with the event.
Several floats, bands, dancers, and polish schools marched in the parade. Claudia Michalak, a freshman, was one of many that supported her Polish school.
“I was in the parade for several year to support the Polska Szkola Konsularna… I felt excited because I was able to show people who I am and where my family and I came from,” explains Claudia.
Even if people were not actually marching, viewers supported the occasion on the sidelines dressed in the polish colors, white and red.
“I wasn’t in the parade but I was on the side and I had my face painted. It was a lot of fun and I love being polish,” says Camilla Ortyl, junior.
The Pulaski Parade is one of many heritage parades celebrated in New York. There have been several other parades and street fairs, such as the Colombian parade that was celebrated on July 24 in Jackson Heights.