Thousands take to Cheektowaga for Pulaski Day Parade

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Thousands of people celebrated their Polish heritage on Sunday for the 79th Annual Pulaski Day Parade.

The parade took off down Harlem Road in Cheektowaga with music and dancing.

Polish Senator and Secretary of State Anna Maria Anders was named Grand Marshall for the parade.

She is the highest ranked official from Poland to be part of the parade since World War II.

“Honestly I have traveled so much around the United States I know Polonia around the world, and the United States. I can sincerely say that I cannot remember a welcome like this,” said Anders.

M*A*S*H actress Loretta Swit was also at the parade. She is 100 percent Polish and has been a part of the Pulaski Day Parade for more than 15 years.

News 4’s Don Postles and Nalina Shapiro emceed the parade, as News 4 is a longtime sponsor of the event. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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