Pulaski Day Parade held in Northampton to celebrate Polish heritage

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One of the region’s largest parades celebrated Polish heritage on Monday and commemorated General Casimir Pulaski, a hero known as the father of American cavalry.

This year’s parade also honored the 100th anniversary of Polish independence following World War I.

“I like to see that the heritage is still being celebrated because obviously the generation of immigrants are dying out,” Starr Pinkos of Montague told 22News. “So to see some of those traditions, customs and cultures still being passed on to the younger generation is really nice.”

The parade marched down King Street, and included local farmers, organizations and Polish groups from throughout the New England region, and local marching bands.

The 32nd annual parade not only pays tribute to Pulaski, but also the many Polish-American citizens who have made contributions here in America.

“I think it’s important, especially with the issues around Columbus Day,” Jack Czajkowski said. “It’s important to remember the importance of Pulaski and what he did in our nations history.”

The parade ended at Pulaski Park on Main Street where a commemorative program took place, honoring Pulaski and Polish heritage.

The cool and cloudy weather did impact the crowds a little bit, but many still came out to enjoy the celebration.

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