Thousands gather to celebrate Chicago’s Polish heritage

Xinhua English
May 08, 2011

Text and photo by Ted Regencia

CHICAGO — A sea of red and white dominated Chicago’s Grant Park Saturday as the city’s large Polish American population celebrated Polish Constitution Day, attracting thousands of participants, spectators and top politicians.

Retiring Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and U.S. Senator Mark Kirk marched alongside other elected officials and leaders of the Polish community in a festive parade, which first started in the Humboldt Park neighborhood 120 years ago.

“The city has been founded by immigrants and that’s the strength of this great city,” Daley said in paying tribute to the Polish immigrant community who first settled in Chicago starting in 1837.

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