DuBois Polish Festival
Date: March 4, 2012, Sunday
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
10:00am - The Polka Mass starts at 10am at The St Charles Catholic Church…”Polka” mass is completely spoken in Polish.
Parade starts at 1:00pm.
22 North Railroad Street
DuBois, IL 62831
St. Charles Catholic Church
223 South 3rd Street
DuBois, IL 62831
CONTACT: Mrs. Irene Demazyn 618-878-2099
HISTORY OF POLISH FEST:
DuBois, Illinois, has a population of about 250 people, many of them being of Polish decent. Seventeen years ago a few people decided to celebrate the town’s Polish heritage and honor the soldier Casimir Pulaski. A town parade was held on the Sunday before Casimir Pulaski Day - the first Monday in March. A local tavern, The Mule Barn, served polish food to about 100 people that first year. The parade has grown to more than 100 entries, and 2,000 to 3,000 people in attendance. Polish food is now made and served at the parish center, along with polka dancing after the parade. There are two parade marshals: the oldest person in the parish and the
youngest baptized child. The Friday before the big celebration, the polish ladies are busy making homemade noodles and polish duck soup (called czarnina), pierogi, golabki, and of course Polish sausage, plus other traditional polish food. People come from all over to celebrate Polishfest, including Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky and northern Illinois. One of the highlights of the event is cow patty bingo. People buy a number, then place them in a field. The person who bought the number the cow drops a cow patty on is the winner.
for a short video of the 2009 parade: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGSTUOL9qPc&feature=autoplay&list=ULkx5PBwBV50M&lf=mfu_in_order&playnext=1