49th Annual National Polka Festival in Ennis, Texas
Memorial Weekend, May 22-24, 2015
The National Polka Festival® in Ennis, Texas invites everyone to come help celebrate forty-nine wonderful years of Czech heritage festivities Friday through Sunday, May 22-24, 2015. Held annually on Memorial Day Weekend, the National Polka Festival® offers an abundance of activities to be enjoyed by the entire family in a small city atmosphere.
The festival kicks off with an opening dance Friday at 7:00 pm,featuring polka music and the King and Queen Dance Contest, where participants and non-participants are encouraged to wear traditional Czech kroj (costumes). 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.
You will experience our traditions, religious customs, dancing, tastes, sights, sounds, and "a little bit of the Czech Lands" throughout historic downtown and at our three spacious air conditioned halls (KJT, KC and Sokol Halls). Enjoy a weekend of polka dancing, Czech foods, and 14 sensational LIVE polka bands including Grammy Award winning Brave Combo. Join us!
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May 27, 2015
We are profoundly saddened by the passing of Raymond Zapletal, one of the founders of the National Polka Festival. He has played a vital role in sharing his passion for his heritage and has left a legacy that will be carried on for generations. Raymond was a true gentleman, a patriot, and a devoted husband, father and grandfather. His last days were happily spent doing what he loved most – sharing his enthusiasm for his rich and beautiful culture with his family, his friends, his city and the thousands of people who come each year to enjoy the hospitality of the Czech citizens of Ennis. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to Raymond’s family and friends. He will be deeply missed!
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. with a Rosary at 7 P.M. on Thursday, My 28, 2015 at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Ennis. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 A.M. on Friday, May 29, 2015 at Saint John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Ennis.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made out to the National Polka Festival. Send to National Polka Festival, Raymond Zapletal Memorial Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 515 Ennis, Texas 75120.
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