GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The annual Pulaski Days Polish cultural celebration is back in West Michigan after being canceled in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2022 festival is extra special because it’s the 50ththousand A celebration of Polish heritage in West Michigan.
The week-long celebration began on the east side of Grand Rapids and quickly spread, bringing together 14 Polish organizations from around the city for food, dancing and fellowship.
“We invite everyone. With Polish traditions, everyone wants you to feel welcome, so they are going to welcome you. They will talk to you. They will say, “Sit down.” Let me tell you about the food we offer here at our clubhouse,” explained Michelle Kershner, Pulaski Days Chair.
In celebration, New Holland Brewing released 50thousand holiday beer called “Casimir Reserve 50thousand Celebration” and City Built Brewing Company made “Pulaski Built Beer”.
Every October, Grand Rapids hosts Pulaski Days.
Here are the events that will take place in 2022:
- September 24: Golf
- October 1, 16.00-24.00: 50thousand Festive dance [Knight of Columbus, 1140 Muskegon Ave. NW]
- October 2, 2:00 p.m.: Flag-raising ceremony [Diamond Ave. Hall, 435 Diamond Ave. NE]
- October 5, 7 p.m.: Kielbasa eating contest [ Diamond Ave. Hall, 435 Diamond Ave. NE]
- October 8, 11 a.m.: Pulaski Day Parade [Parade route is on the west side and runs on Fulton from Valley to Lexington]
- October 9, 11.30: Polka mass [St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 2510 Richmond St. NW]
On October 7, 8 and 9, the following clubs are open for visitors:
- American Legion Post 459 [658 Michigan Ave. NE]
- Knights of Columbus [1140 Muskegon NW]
- Polish falcons [957 W. Fulton]
- Polish National Aid Society – Jackson Street Hall [921 Jackson St. NW]
- Eastern Avenue Hall of the Charitable Society of the Sacred Heart [506 Eastern Ave. NE]
- Club of the Sacred Hearts – Kosciuszko Hall [935 Park St. SW]
- St. Adalbert Relief Society – 5thousand Street hall [701 5th St. NW]
- St. Casimir – 6thousand Street hall [649 6th St. NW]
- St. Isidore Relief Society – Diamond Hall, home to the Pulaski Days monument and Pulaski Square [435 Diamond Ave. NE]
- Aid Society of St. Vladislava – “Laddies Hall” [58 Lane Ave. SW]
- St. Stanislav – Small Hall [823 Michigan Ave. NE]
- St. George’s Petropavlovsk Relief Society [1513 Quarry Ave. NW]
- Sons and Daughters Club [1057 Hamilton NW]
- Vytautas Aid Society [1300 Hamilton Ave. NW]
Click here 50 for the full schedulethousand Celebration of Pulaski Days.