"Rain or Shine It's Polka Time" is the theme for the 2017 Prague Kolache Festival Parade and all floats will depict this subject.

"Rain or Shine It's Polka Time" is the theme for the 2017 Prague Kolache Festival Parade and all floats will depict this subject.

The annual festival is scheduled to take place Saturday, May 6, along Main Street and in the City Park.

Polka bands will be playing and lots of dancing taking place. This is the day colorful folk costumes can be viewed with their bright colored embroidery of hearts, tulips, poppies and other flowers and designs, as well as sparkly sequins and rhinestones accenting the design work. The costumes are worn to

celebrate the 115th birthday of the community and the 58th annual Prague Kolache Festival. A Czech Costume Judging Contest will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the grandstand for everyone to enjoy.

Prague welcomes visitors to town to experience its Czech heritage with folk dancing, polka bands, food and the stunning Czech costumes.

Activities start at 9 a.m. with an Arts & Crafts show at the city park. A polka band will play at the park gazebo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there will be a car and bike Show at City Park.

If you have ever wondered the difference from a plane ride to a helicopter ride, here is you chance to find out. Helicopter Rides will be available for an aerial view of the community. The rides are available all day starting at 10:30 a.m. at $40 per person. Shuttle golf carts will offer transportation to the landing site,

which is at the baseball fields at 15th Street in the park. Back again this year is the OU Sooner Schooner driven by the Ruf/Neks that will be in the 11:00 a.m. parade. Grandstand entertainment is offered on Main Street by the City Park. The Prague Czech Folk Dancers perform at 10:25. An opening ceremony takes place with the American National Anthem, Czech National Anthem and Honor Guard right before the parade. A trick roper performs at 1:45 followed by the Bohemian Knights Band, Yukon Czech Dancers, Beseda Dancers, Royalty Crowning, and the Kolache Eating Contest.

Many food booths lining Main Street will provide everything from Czech klobase (spicy sausage), the Czech sweet roll kolaches with a fruit filled center, to barbecue meats, fried catfish, corndogs, Indian tacos, roasted corn, homemade root beer, fry bread, panini sandwiches, gyros, smoked turkey legs, funnel cakes, and deep fried Oreos.

Czech crystal vases, crystal stemware, perfume bottles, Czech garnet jewelry and Czech trim and ribbon are available at park pavilion No. 2 across from the grandstand.

A Stage located three blocks east of the grandstand will feature bands and singers, along with an "Open Mike" for anyone to perform from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m.

There is a carnival in town opening on Thursday night for a 3-day run for the young and young at heart to enjoy the many daring rides and games.

A Beer Garden is located on Main Street by the Sonic featuring favorite dance music by a DJ.

Wine, beer and klobase makers as well as bread and kolache bakers are invited to submit their entries in the Food & Drink Contest. Entries should be submitted at park pavilion #1 by 9:30 a.m. on festival day.

You don't want to miss the Polka Street Dance from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. featuring many types of folk dances, with music provided by our favorite polka band, Masapust. The dance is followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

Designated free parking is at the Middle School west of town on Highway 62. The Senior Center Van will shuttle pedestrians from the Middle School to the grandstand all day on Highway 62 (Main Street). There will also be designated shuttle golf carts at the first intersection on the north side east of the grandstand to take people to the helicopter rides. Everyone is asked to leave their pets at home.

For additional information visit the website www.praguekolachefestival.com or call the festival office at 405-567-4866.