National Polka Festival
The National Polka Festival is an annual parade and festival held in Ennis, Texas celebrating the Czech heritage in the city. The 3-day festival is held every Memorial Day weekend. Most of the party halls offer a lunch or dinner with Czech foods such as klobase (sausage), sauerkraut, and kolaches, as well as live entertainment with traditional polka music and dancing. 
The festival started in 1967 when a group of men came together to honor the city's strong Czech heritage. The men needed aprooval from the Chamber of Commerce before they could begin the festival. The C. of C. immediately approved of the festival. The festival began as a celebration in several fraternity halls in the beginning, but grew to a parade and street festival the next few years. The festival was a huge success in just a few years, with over 30,000 visitors attending the parade.
Today, the National Polka Festival is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city with over 50,000 visitors annually , and is celebrating it's 50th anniversary in 2017.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
National Folk Festival (USA) — The National Folk Festival is an itinerant folk festival in the United States. Since 1934, it has been run by the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) and has been presented in 26 communities around the nation. After leaving some of… … Wikipedia
Polka in Modern Society — Originating in Bohemia in the 1830s, polka music has been a part of American society since people began immigrating from Eastern Europe. This dance music in 2/4 time is often associated with the pre World War II era but is still a dynamic form of … Wikipedia
National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest — The National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest is a competition, festival and musical gathering held annually during the third full week in June, in Weiser, Idaho. It is often referred to as Weiser . The contest draws musicians from across the… … Wikipedia
International Polka Association — The International Polka Association is a group located in Chicago, Illinois that is dedicated to the study and preservation of polka music and the cultural heritage of Polish Americans who have made this music the central musical tradition of… … Wikipedia
Richmond Folk Festival — The Richmond Folk Festival is a folk festival held annually in Richmond, Virginia on Richmond’s downtown riverfront. The RFF, started in 2008, was held October 10 12, 2008. It was an offshoot of the National Folk Festival (USA), which had been… … Wikipedia
Circus Polka — Circus Polka: For a Young Elephant was written by Igor Stravinsky in 1942. He composed it for a ballet production the choreographer George Balanchine did for Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus. The ballet was performed by fifty elephants and … Wikipedia
Humana Festival of New American Plays — is an internationally renowned festival that celebrates the contemporary American playwright. Produced annually in Louisville, Kentucky by Actors Theatre of Louisville, this prestigious event showcases new theatrical works and draws producers,… … Wikipedia
List of festivals in the United States — This is a list of festivals in the United States. Alternative festivals *Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nevada *New York s Village Halloween Parade, New York City, New York *Coney Island Mermaid Parade, New York City, New York *SLUG Queen, Eugene … Wikipedia
Kolache — (also spelled kolace, kolach, or kolacky, from the Czech and Slovak plural koláče) are a type of pastry consisting of fillings ranging from fruits to cheeses inside a bread roll. Originally only a sweet dessert from Central Europe, they have… … Wikipedia
Ennis, Texas — Infobox Settlement official name = Ennis, Texas settlement type = City nickname = motto = imagesize = image caption = image mapsize = 250px map caption = Location of Ennis, Texas mapsize1 = 250px map caption1 = subdivision type = Country… … Wikipedia