NEW BRITAIN - The cityâ€™s Little Poland Festival should be a lot warmer this year.
The annual celebration on Broad Street, which has been held on the last Sunday of April, is moving to the first Sunday in June - June 2. Singer-actress Debbie Gibson helped deliver the news on Little Polandâ€™s Facebook page.
â€śApril is a little too cold for your festival, so we just want you to move to June 2nd,â€ť the pop star of the 1980s said in the video. â€śEighties weather, who doesnâ€™t love 80s, right?â€ť
Organizers have already announced several leadership roles for this yearâ€™s festival.
Adrian Baron, a local attorney and head of the Polonia Business Association, has been named marketing director and general legal counsel, Margaret Malinowski chief financial officer, former Mayor Lucian Pawlak vice chairman, Darek Barcikowski chairman, and Kasia Kordek artistic program director.
After getting questions about the change, Baron took to his Facebook page last weekend to clarify the reasoning behind the new date.
â€śThe 2019 Little Poland Festival was moved to June 2nd as a result of overwhelming input from festival goers, vendors and entertainers who found our annual April date to be increasingly cold,â€ť Baron said.
The later date also gives festival organizers additional time to raise money. Last year, about $32,000 was raised for the festival, Baron said. He also said the festival has dealt with cold, rainy weather in past years, a problem less likely to crop up in June.
Gibson isnâ€™t the first celebrity to give the cityâ€™s famous Polish neighborhood a shout out. In September, several celebrities famous in the 1980s and 1990s helped congratulate Little Poland on its 10th anniversary, so the neighborhood certainly has some star appeal.
The Little Poland Festival has been a leading community event for years, bringing thousands of people to New Britain. Vendors, musicians and entertainers line Broad Street for a day of celebration and Polish tradition.
The festivalâ€™s organizers are hosting a planning meeting later this month that will be open to the public. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Haller Post, 112 Grove St.
More information about 2019â€™s Little Poland Festival can be found at www.littlepolandfest.com .
Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.