One of the oldest ethnic parades in NYC, Pulaski Day Parade is held annually on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan since 1937. The parade dedicated to Kazimierz Pulaski, a hero of the American Revolutionary War, is always held on the first Sunday of October. Sometimes it coincides with General Pulaski Memorial Day on October 11th, when he died during the Siege of Savannah.
The Pulaski Day Parade begins with a solemn Celebration of the Liturgy at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Pulaski Parade Breakfast at the 3 West Club.
The parade celebrates Polish culture and heritage featuring hundreds of Polish dancers, students of Polish supplementary schools, Polish soccer teams and their mascots, Polish Scouts, and many others. The parade starts on Fifth Avenue & 36th St at 12:30 pm.
The Pulaski Day Parade was founded by Francis J. Wazeter, president of the Downstate New York division of the Polish American Congressi. Every year the parade is represented by the contingent Marshals, Miss Polonia, and Junior Miss Polonia. The Pulaski Day Parade is the biggest gathering of the Polish community in the United States.