PAC Ohio Division Carries on a 67-year Tradition
Since its founding in 1948, the Ohio Division of the Polish American Congress (PAC) has annually sponsored Ohio’s official celebration of the signing of Poland’s Constitution of May 3, 1791. This year is no different. The PAC — sponsored celebration is not only a parade, but an entire weekend of events.
This year, our celebration takes place May 2-3, 2015.
SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015 — POLONIA BALL
The evening’s program is set for the Polonia Ball, which will be held at St. Charles Hall. 6:00 p.m. ’til 11:00 p.m. Cash Bar. Miss Polonia Ohio and Junior Miss Polonia Crowning will be announced. Tickets are $10.00. Light refreshments will be available for sale.
SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015 — Wreath Laying, Mass, Pancake Breakfast, and Grand Parade
Sunday’s events will commence early with the Wreath Laying at 9:00 A.M. at Pulaski Cannon next to Cleveland City Hall. Followed by a traditional Mass celebrated at 10:30 A.M. at St. Charles Church located at 5891 Ridge Road, Parma, Ohio 44129. St. Charles Youth Group will be sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 A.M. ’til 12:00 noon. They will be raising money for their trip to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland in 2015.
Arrangements are well under way for making this parade the best event ever. Over the years the official parade has been held at various sites, including University Circle, downtown Cleveland, and Slavic Village. This year’s official parade will be held in the City of Parma (In The Polish Village). It will step off at 2:00 p.m. at the Parma Circle, on Ridge Road, head north, and proceed to Ridge and Snow Roads, where it will conclude.
Formal Program after the Parade will be held at 3:00 P.M. under the big tent behind Unity Catholic Credit Union (also known as St. Charles Credit Union), located at 5839 Ridge Rd., Parma, Ohio 44129.
Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and City of Parma officials will participate in the program. As in past years, many elected officials will be present at the program, many of whom will be participating in the parade. Hopefully, we will marching to the beat of the invited Parma high school bands.
New entries committed to participate in the parade as of this date include:
• Floats from St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church;
• Floats from Cleveland Polka Association and US Polka Association;
• Floats from Ampol Club with Polka Band;
Also invited to participate are color guard units from all branches of the United States military, as well as all veteran posts in northeast Ohio, Polish Legion of American Veterans, Polish Army Veterans and Polish Veterans Alliance. A unique program will follow the parade under the big tent behind Unity Catholic Credit Union (also known as St. Charles Credit Union), located at 5839 Ridge Rd., Parma, Ohio 44129.
In addition to presentations from area officials, guests will be able to enjoy beverage booths, provided by Polish American Congress, Ohio Division.
As further plans develop, they will be posted on PAC’s recently renovated website: http://www.polishamericancongress-ohio.com .
Applications to march in the original Polish Constitution Day Parade are also available on the PAC website.
For further information, please call Mark Relovsky, General Chairman at (216) 970-0507 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org, Francis Rutkowski, Co-Chairman at (216) 299-2684 or e-mail him at email@example.com or Allan Szuflada, PAC 2nd vice-president at (330) 659-9465.
Please join us to make this a spectacular celebration!
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