Join us at Max's Taphouse at 6:00 pm if you want to meet inside for a drink where it's warm with lights prior to walking to the parade. Max's address is 737 S. Broadway, just two blocks from the Polish Home Club.
Share some Christmas Cheer in Fells Point with Second Half Rally and a colorful parade of happy carolers following a traditional Polish band while everyone sings along. They walk around the historic streets, wave at the friendly local residents, and end up at the Polish Home Club for more revelry.
Thanks to Jean for suggesting this special Christmas event. Be sure to bring a beverage to keep you warm! Everybody else will be in fine spirits too...
I hope to see you there!
From the online blog:
December 23 -- 7pm marks the Polish Home Club’s (512 S Broadway, Fells Point) annual Christmas Caroling extravaganza in Fells Point. I have gone for the past 3 years and it is a blast. About 800 people joined the parade last year. Carolers essentially do a lap around Fells Point proper, led by a full blown Polka band while singing traditional carols in English and Polish, with phonetic pronunciation available for the 99.99% of us that no longer know any other languages other than high school Spanish – thanks public school!
Most of the streets around the route are blocked off momentarily by police for the throngs to pass through, so carolers can revel in the knowledge that they’re probably pissing off some Harbor East resident who’s attempting to get home by way of Canton, so that’s pretty satisfying. Also in the satisfying department, a lot of Fells Point is shockingly still inhabited by people who legitimately decorate their houses and apartments; legitimate citizens of Baltimore who’ve been here long enough to remember when the Polish Home Club probably had over a handful of members, they sit by their windows and populate their stoops, actually waving to people as they stroll by singing off-key, occasionally even handing out a cookie or three. It’s down right heart warming. The sing-walkathon ends with an after party at the Home Club itself, featuring even more Polka and cheap as hell booze.
Speaking of booze, the aforementioned “Not all boring” aspect of this whole caroling experience: Lots of booze. Lots of Medovukha/Krupnikas, lots of Vodka, lots and lots of hot, boozy cider to warm your throat and loosen your vocal cords enough to let yourself hear yourself sing poorly. Even if someone hands you a cup of hot cocoa and swears it contains no alcohol, *do not bring it near an open flame*. So at the very least, a fun boozy time with friends and Polka in the middle of the street should be enough to get you there.