NEW BRITAIN - Organizers have set the date for the sixth annual Little Poland Festival.
The one-day extravaganza will take place April 30, the last Sunday of the month, when the festival has traditionally taken place, according to Lucian Pawlak.
Pawlak, executive director of the event, said organizers are again looking to possibly expand the area the festival occupies. It currently shuts down Broad Street between Washington and Gold streets.
“We’d be looking to move one block down to Silver Street,” Pawlak said, adding that the cost of doing so, including having to hire more policemen, could prohibit such an expansion.
The decision will be made by the end of February, as organizers must have ample time to make the appropriate plans.
Pawlak also said officials are looking at having a shuttle service to help with parking. As it stands,, visitors find somewhere to park on one of the surrounding streets.
“I don’t know how, but they manage,” Pawlak said. The shuttle service “is in the planning stages” and may not come to fruition this year.
As for any changes to the festivities, the former New Britain mayor said, “The festival has had so much success that organizers don’t want to tinker too much with what has proven to pull people out in droves - which typically includes Polish music acts, food, beer and other vendors.”
“We don’t want to tamper with it too much,” said Pawlak.“It really does shine a positive light on New Britain and Little Poland.”
Last year, it was estimated that as many as 20,000 people attended the festival. The idea of adding a day has not caught on. For now, Pawlak said, holding it in a bigger area is the only solution on the table to deal with the large crowds.
“We need more room,” he said. “As long as I’m involved, we’ll always be looking to make this thing bigger.”