S: SUMMER 2012
FC: Celebrating Polish Independence In Kansas City, Kansas! Polski Day! by Patty Ratliff
1: Polish independence was granted Nov. 11, 1919. In Kansas, the Polish people celebrate their independence the first weekend of May. Strawberry Hill is where many of the Polish had settled. The Polski Day parade takes place every year in Kansas City, Kansas on Central Avenue; relatively near Strawberry Hill. The parade is a tradition that has been going strong for almost 30 years.
2: The celebration begins with lots of preparations. Food must be cooked to sell to those that come to see the parade, and for those that are in the parade, also.
3: It is traditional to have cabbage rolls, Polish sausages, and dumplings. The food of the Polski celebration is hearty and very filling.
4: The parade gets underway. The young ones carry the beginning flags. The first one is red and has the Polish emblem in the center. The second one says, "Polski Day Parade."
5: Here we have two floats that are in the parade. Red and white are the colors of the Polish flag. They are showing their Polish pride!
6: It looks like a lot of fun to be able to ride on one of those floats! I can just imagine the smiles on everyone's faces as they go by.
7: Every year for the Polski Day Parade, Elvis sings in his red suit. Everyone is happy and they are having a great time at the parade!
8: The Polish ladies show off their colorful costumes. How pretty they all look in their lovely attire!
9: There are so many fun things to do after the parade ends. The band plays, people can dance, and they can take fun pictures in Polish costume!
10: When the parade is over, it's time to get in the food line for some of that wonderful Polish cooking. Doesn't that food look marvelous?
11: The day of fun and celebration comes to an end. The memories of the day never fade. Next year, we will do it all over again!
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