Thousands Attend Polish Constitution Day Parade

CHICAGO (WBBM) – Thousands of people lined Columbus Drive for Chicago’s annual Polish Constitution Day parade.

Polka bands played on flatbed trailers, which dancers parading behind. A number of those marching hailed the action taken a week ago by the Raman Catholic Church to beatify Pope John Paul Second, which places the late pontiff one step from sainthood. One float had a giant picture of John Paul, with the legend, “John Paul the Great.”

Members of Polish-American fraternal organizations and children’s clubs marched, many decked out in the colors of the Polish flag — red and white. One police sergeant even wore a red-and-white checkerboard band on his hat instead of the regulation blue-and-white band.

It seemed that as many of those lining Columbus Drive spoke Polish as English, both young and old.

All things Polish drew cheers from the crowd — even a group of dog lovers parading their Polish lowland sheep dogs.

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  • M Wilhelmi

    I’ve never heard of the ‘Raman’ Catholic Church mentioned in the second paragraph.

  • Paulina

    This is such a poorly written article.

  • hehe

    Terrible article, i agree, TERRIBLE PUBLISHER!

    • Marilyn

      Yes, terrible article. I think if it were some other parade, there would have been more fanfare, more pictures, etc. If it had been the Gay Pride Parade, Mexican, or Cinco de Mayo Parade, it would have covered 3 pages! Goes to show you the media is very bias!

      • Me

        Maybe because so much money had to be wasted by sending 3 police districts to patrol Belmont on May 3rd, as well as shutting down both Addison and Belmont…

  • Jan III

    Google Jan III Sobieski for how the Poles saved the West from the Islamic horde.

  • Andrew


  • Somkey Kielbasa

    Were are all the politicians,Daley Quinn,Emanuaul and the other crooks,probably in the black neighborhoods giving the lazy askes freebees,just pathetic and I fought for these pos’s.

  • Somkey Kielbasa

    I wouldn’t give these politicians the sweat off my balloons.

  • Somkey Kielbasa

    These are the Democrats for you,if your POLISH don’t vote for their askes,this is what they think of you.

  • PolkaLover

    Is that picture of the Polish Song and Dance group “Lajkonik”? They will be celebrating their 20 year anniversary with a concert on Sunday, May 29 at 3:00pm at the Copernicus Cultural and Civic Center, 5216 W Lawrence Ave. Come support the polish youth of Chicago!

  • Ewa

    CBS Chicago should invite this group to tape and also tape their performance at Copernicus center

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