Polish Constitution Day parade held in Parma's Polish Village neighborhood

Poland's first constitution adopted in 1791

PARMA, Ohio - Polish pride was on display Sunday in Parma as the northeast Ohio Polish community showed up for the 65th annual Polish Constitution Day parade.

The event celebrates the adoption of Poland's first constitution which was adopted on May 3, 1791.

Hundreds of parade watchers lined Ridge Road from the Parma Circle neighborhood to Snow Road to watch the procession that included high school bands, war veterans and local politicians.

"We really enjoy this partnership we have with the Polish American Congress," said Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter. "We have a weekend of activities. You couldn't ask for better weather."

Parma native Andy Leszczynsky had a great parade vantage point from his Ridge Road front yard. He wanted his young children to embrace their Polish heritage.

"I'm playing Polish music in the background. My kids and my wife, we're just having a great time," said Andy.

Polish American war veterans who served their country, like Harold Steinhauser from Parma Heights, showed up for the parade with pride.

"It's just a very nice day for all of the Polish folks in our American society who do a nice job for everybody," said Harold.

Shelly Voll of Parma watched the parade with four generations of her family. There is a reason why she shows up every year.

"To keep the tradition with the kids. They enjoy coming," said Shelly.

"The weather's great, nice crowd," said Shelly's aunt, Sylvia Rucinski of Newburgh Heights. "A lot of activities and fun. It's just a good thing to keep the Polish heritage always open in your mind."

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