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Polish Constitution Day Parad

This year's Chicago celebration of the Polish Constitution of 1791 will be held on Saturday, May 2rd, 2015 with another massive parade on Dearborn in the center of the city. This 124th Chicago parade in honor of this historic document, the first democratic constitution in Europe and second in the world only to the United States Constitution is once again expected to draw 250,000 eager revelers to the lakefront and untold thousands more to the television coverage of the parade expected to once again be provided by ABC-7 and Polish stations.

Parade application forms required for all who wish to participate in the parade, "Participant Information Forms" required for all vehicles participating in the parade and copies of the city regulations governing parades are available on this website.

Polish Constitution Day Parade Committee, Chicago, Illinois, Feb. 23, 2012

Rules & Regulations for Electing the Grand Marshall of the May 3 Polish Constitution Day Parade

Each year, the Polish Constitution Day Parade Committee announces the election of the parade’s Grand Marshal and the deadline for submitting nominations for the Grand Marshal position.  The Parade Committee also announces the dates of all parade meetings open to the public.

Candidates for Parade Grand Marshal can only be submitted by organizations which are registered with the State of Illinois.

The person nominated does not have to be a member of the organization submitting the candidacy.

Every candidate must be of Polish descent and live in the United States.

Every candidate must agree to accept the nomination.

Nominations must include the name and contact information for the candidate, a biography underscoring the candidate’s service on behalf of Polonia or Poland, and include examples substantiating that service.

All nominations must be received by the Parade Committee by the stated deadline (20th February 2014).  Nominations received after the deadline will not be considered.

The Parade Committee will examine the nominations based on the rules and regulations and will select three (3) finalists.

Each of the three finalists as well as one representative of the organization nominating them will meet privately with the Parade Committee for a personal, 10 minute interview and presentation.

The Parade Committee will select a Grand Marshal and two Vice Marshals in a secret ballot.  

The Parade Committee will announce its decision at an open Parade meeting.

The decision of the Parade Committee is final and not eligible for appeal.

These rules and regulations were compiled and approved by the Polish Constitution Day Parade Committee at its February 23, 2012 meeting.

The Parade Committee is also accepting proposals for the theme of this year's parade. Written suggestions must be accompanied by a brief explanation and be submitted by mail or fax to the May 3 Parade Committee, Alliance of Polish Clubs, 5835 W. Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60639, or faxed to 773-745-7278, 773-745-7278. Final suggestions will be presented for a vote at a Special Open Meeting on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 At 7:30 PM.

For further information about this year's Polish Constitution Day Parade the Parade Queen Contest and more visit the Parade website at www.may3parade.org or call the Alliance of Polish Clubs, at 773-745-7799, 773-745-7799