At 10:00 on Saturday morning, floats, bands, and colorful costumes will kick-off the downtown festivities. The parade traditionally includes
something for visitors of all ages. Enjoy the music of our polka bands riding on decorated floats or the sounds of our award winning Ennis High School Marching Band. The Shriners make their annual appearance, as well as celebrities, public officials, motorcycles, horseback riders, clowns, kids, and seniors! This giant parade twists through historic downtown Ennis and is sure to please. CLICK HERE to download a parade entry form or call the Ennis Chamber of Commerce at (972) 878-2625 for more information. The 2013 Parade Theme is "Where Everyone Can Be Czech for Day"!
Kolache Eating Contest
Don't miss the 4th Annual Kolache Eating Contest on Saturday at 1:00p.m. at the Downtown Stage. Prizes will be given to Men's, Women's, Youth Boy and Youth Girl Individual Champion. Register at the Chamber of Commerce until Friday at noon. Register at the Downtown Stage until Saturday at noon.
Downtown Street Dance
Dance the streets of Downtown Ennis on Saturday from 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. with the Czechaholics and Sunday with Holub Polka Band from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Admission is FREE so come and Czech it out.
Arts and Crafts / Food / Kids Activities
Shop the streets of Downtown Ennis on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. from vendors with unique works of art, fashion favorites and more. Kids will have a good time playing and participating in activities such as face painting, a rock climbing wall, and bounce houses. Enjoy great fair foods like corn dogs, funnel cakes and fresh squeezed lemonade as well as your traditional Czech favorites like klobase sandwiches, klobase on a stick, and kolaches.
Revised Parade Route / Downtown Activiites
as of 5/22/13
Due to the storm damage in the downtown area, the parade route has changed. It begins on N. Clay St. and W. Ennis Ave., then travels East on W. Ennis Ave. then North on Sherman to W. Gilmer St. The location of the Downtown Stage, Arts and Crafts, Food Vendors and Kid Activities have moved to N.W. Main St. and W. Knox St.
Free Shuttle Buses
Children 13 and under are FREE. One daily admission includes all three participating halls: KJT, KC, and Sokol (country concert admission is additional)
Cash only at the door.
FRI., MAY 23... $7;
SAT., MAY 24... $12;
SAT., MAY 24: COUNTRY CONCERT... $TBA
SUN., MAY 25... $10;
DOWNTOWN ACTIVITIES... FREE
2013 National Polka Festival T-Shirt
Event T-Shirt will be sold on Friday Night at the King & Queen Dance Contest.
Sizes Available: Small, Medium,
Large, X-Large and XX-Large
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