30th annual Pulaski Day Parade in Northampton celebrates Polish culture

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz served as this year's Grand Marshal

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The 30th annual Pulaski Day Parade took place in Northampton Monday.

The Pulaski Day Parade is a tradition that happens on Columbus Day each year. Bands, floats, and Polish organizations from across western Massachusetts were featured in this year’s parade. They began on King Street and marched to Main Street, and then to Pulaski Park.

This event honors the military service and contributions of Revolutionary War hero General Casimir Pulaski. It also celebrates Polish culture and the immigrants who settled in this area.

Jerry Budger, co-chairman of the Pulaski Day Parade, told 22News: “we have a huge Polish population in this area and there aren’t as many things for the polish population as there are for others. This developed a number of years ago and it just keeps growing.”

Budger told 22News the parade has grown into a regional event since its beginning. Some of the historical accomplishments for General Pulaski occurred close to Columbus Day.

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz served as this year’s Grand Marshal for the parade.