May 23 – National Polka Festival

Posted on May 23, 2014

A Polka Festival?

Of course, there is polka music and dancing!

But there are also tables laden with sauerkraut, klobase (sausage), and kolache (pastry) and all manner of Czech goodies.

And there's even a parade, races, tent vendors selling handicrafts and food, street dancing, bands, and other live entertainment. There's a coronation of the festival king and queen. It's out in the street and it's in community halls. Rain or shine, people come to watch and dance and march and eat!

Every Memorial Day weekend, the city of Ennis, Texas, holds a polka festival. It got started in 1967 and is a celebration of Czech culture. It's one of the largest festivals of its kind in the U.S., attracting about 50,000 people each years.

Do you polka?

This vigorous dance is really fun!  Note: They start actually dancing at the minute mark!

Here is a group polka dance. 

I can't link to polka without including the silly Weird Al polka medleys. Listen for songs you know in their rock (non-polka) versions! 

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