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Prague Kolache Festival
The annual Prague Kolache Festival celebrates the Czech heritage of Prague with polka music, dancing, food, Czech costumes, a parade, beer garden, wine tasting booths, made in Oklahoma foods, a carnival, pony rides, mechanical bull and free entertainment. Head to Prague this year for the 57th annual celebration of Czech heritage.
This celebration, held the first Saturday in May, attracts some 20,000 to 25,000 people to this unique town of 2,500. Kolaches are baked months in advance to prepare for the festival. It is estimated that some 50,000 kolaches are consumed by residents and visitors alike during the festivities. A kolache is a sweet bread filled with items like cherries, poppyseeds and apricots. A contest to determine the best homemade kolaches, bread and wine is held in conjunction with the festival.
Activities kick off at 9am with a costume contest followed by Prague Czech Folk Dancers. Entertainment continues throughout the day with live music. At 11am, one of Oklahoma's largest parades starts at 7th Street on Hwy 99 and makes its way through downtown Prague ending at the grandstand at the city park on Highway 62. Residents dressed in colorful Czech costumes can be seen along the parade route. Floats, bands, horses, clowns and more make up the two-hour parade. Free entertainment ranging from singers, dancers, bands and a tribute to Elvis are guaranteed to please the curiosity of all. A polka band will play during the afternoon at a designated location along Main Street. An arts and craft show featuring jewelry, face painting, wood art, ceramics, yard art, clothing and much more will be held around the park's gazebo.
Visitors to the Prague Kolache Festival can feast on locally made smoked Czech sausages, Klobase and their favorite flavor of kolache. Other ethnic foods such as Indian tacos and Polish hot dogs will also be available. The Czech Beseda Dance will be performed at 5pm followed by the royalty crowning at 6pm. Don't miss the Polka street dance from 7pm to 10:30pm followed by an exciting fireworks display.