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. [1]


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.[2]

Today, the National Polka Festival is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city with over 50,000 visitors annually [3], and is celebrating it's 50th anniversary in 2017.


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