WORCESTER, Mass. — Back for a second year, Central Massachusetts celebrated at the White Eagle's Polish Festival Saturday.
Organizers say the goal was to grow and celebrate the history of the Polish community in the area.
The Worcester sports bar became established as a Polish membership club in 1937.
It was a great time in Worcester's Canal District with polish food, beer, music and cultural dancing.
"Worcester has always had its arms wide open, and the Polish people, they're a big contribution to the city," said attendee Marylou Petty. "So, I'm very happy that we can come and celebrate those."
"I love how the white eagle has done a great job of organizing it," said attendee Greg Petros. "Getting a lot of vendors, getting a lot of people involved. It's good for the community. It's good to go back to your roots."
"I think this is amazing," said committee member Agatha Wozniak. "One of the things we tried to achieve with this is pull honestly all of the different Polish communities in Worcester county. So, as far as I know, we have people here from Webster, we have people here from Worcester, from Clinton. I know a few cam from Fitchburg, Polish people coming from Western Massachusetts. So, we're just really excited to give something, at least this on opportunity, for all of the Polish people to come together and celebrate their heritage."
The festival welcomed hundreds, if not thousands, throughout the day. The hope is the celebration becomes a long-standing tradition in the city.