The National Polka Festival in Ennis invites everyone to come celebrate forty-seven wonderful years of festivities in honor of Czech heritage Friday through Sunday, May 24-26, 2013. Held annually on Memorial Day Weekend, the National Polka Festival offers activities enjoyed by the entire family, in small-town Texas.
The festival kicks off with an opening dance Friday at 7:00 p.m. Featuring polka music and the King and Queen Dance Contest, everyone is encouraged to wear traditional Czech kroj (costumes).
At 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, floats, bands, and colorful costumes will take place during in downtown Ennis. The parade traditionally includes polka bands riding on decorated floats and the 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 a real crowd pleaser.
You will experience Czech traditions, religious customs, dancing, tastes, sights, sounds, and “a little bit of the Czech Lands” throughout historic downtown and at three spacious air conditioned halls. Enjoy a weekend of polka dancing, Czech foods, and 14 fantastic live polka bands, including Grammy Award winning Brave Combo.
Polka Music at the Festival
Here are some of the performers scheduled for this year’s festival:
- Czech and Then Some
- Texas Dutchmen
- Brave Combo
- The Dujka Brothers
- Ennis Czech Boys
- Jodie Mikula Orchestra
- Fritz Hodde’s “The Fabulous Six”
- Jak Se Do
- Jerry Haisler and the Melody 5
- Jim Bochnicek Orchestra
- Mark Halata and Texavia
- The Moravians
- Holub Polka Band
North Texas Lodging
Whether you are heading to Ennis for the Polka Festival, Dallas for Dragon Boat Festival or wherever in Texas your travels bring you, remember that the Texas bed and breakfast association has your lodging covered! Support a local business owner by staying in a unique and welcoming Texas Bed and Breakfast!