GARFIELD, N.J. — The Polish pride season officially kicks off tomorrow, Sept. 20, with the annual Polish Celebration Dinner at the Royal Manor in Garfield.
This year’s honorees — Contingent Marshal Andrzej Pelczynski, Miss Polonia Stephanie Di Leo and Junior Miss Polonia Nicole Misterek — will be celebrated and sashed at the dinner dance.
The annual event raises funds for the Oct. 4 Pulaski Day Parade -- considered the greatest manifestation of Polish pride in America.The first leg of the parade sets from St. Stanislaus Kostka R.C. Church to City Hall before a Garfield contingent heads into Manhattan to march up Fifth Avenue.
This year’s representatives will also attend the Pulaski Ball in New York City on Sept. 26.
The annual festivities honor Revolutionary War Hero Brigadier Gen. Casimir Pulaski, a Warsaw native who took up the American battle for freedom. Pulaski’s experience in the fight for Polish liberty earned him a reputation as a man of courage and bravery.
He worked closely with Gen. George Washington and was tapped to lead the first Cavalry in 1778, earning him the distinction of “The Father of The American Cavalry.”
Pulaski was mortally wounded in the Battle of Savannah and died on Oct. 15, 1779.
The official General Pulaski Memorial Day, as decreed by U.S. Congress in 1929, is Oct. 11 of each year.
The theme of the 78th Annual New York City Pulaski Day Parade is Polish-American businesses and leaders.
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