Talk about a festival. The Hamtramck (Michigan) Labor Day Festival brings more than a half million people to the heart of the Hamtramck business district from Aug. 31 through tomorrow, Labor Day.
Billing itself as a “touch of Europe in America,” Hamtramck is throwing its 27th annual Labor Day party this weekend with live music, live wrestling, ethnic food, a carnival, children’s activities and — hold onto your dancing feet — POLKA!
Today, in fact, is polka day at the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival, with Polka Palooza taking over the stages. Among local polka bands performing is The Polish Muslims. Polka Palooza also treats festival-goers to a “Polka with the Stars” contest and a pierogi-eating contest.
Tomorrow, the annual Polish Day Parade starts at 1 p.m. For those who can’t get enough polka, a band called Polka Floyd (performing Pink Floyd covers with a polka twist) will perform.
Hamtramck, according to a city Web site, has been a destination and has become home for many immigrants to the United States for most of this century. Originally established in 1798 as a township, Hamtramck was organized as a village in 1901. The population of what was a quiet farming town at the turn of the century soared from 1910 to 1920, thanks to the booming auto industry. The city is a suburb of Detroit.