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THE GRAND MARCH

ALTHOUGH THE GRAND MARCH WAS ORIGINALLY A POLISH
WEDDING CUSTOM, IT IS NOW A COMMON SIGHT AT
ALMOST ANY WEDDING. WHILE THE BAND PLAYS A GAY
MARCH THE BRIDE AND GROOM JOIN HANDS AND WITH
THE BRIDESMAIDS AND USHERS BEHIND THEM, THE WEDDING
GUEST BEHIND THEM IN COUPLES, THEY BEGIN TO MARCH
ALL OVER THE HALL, SOMETIMES OUTSIDE AND BACK
INSIDE AGAIN. AFTER A WHILE THE BRIDE AND GROOM
STOP AND FORM AN ARCH WITH THEIR ARMS, AND LET THE
NEXT COUPLE PASS UNDER THE ARCH THEY HAVE MADE, BUT
NOT BEFORE THE USHER KISSES THE BRIDE AND THE
BRIDESMAID KISSES THE GROOM. THE SECOND COUPLE
THEN FORMS AN ARCH WITH THEIR ARMS AND THE SAME
THING HAPPENS WITH THE FOLLOWING COUPLES UNTIL
THE END OF THE LINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WAYNE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Grand march

Date learned: 09-20-1969

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AT A POLISH WEDDING THEY HAVE A GRAND MARCH WHEN
EVERYONE FALLS IN LINE BEHIND THE BRIDAL PARTY FOR
A MARCH. AFTER THE MARCH, THE PEOPLE FORM A LARGE
CIRCLE AROUND THE BRIDE AND GROOM. THE MAID OF
HONOR REMOVES THE VEIL OF THE BRIDE AND PUTS IT ON
SIGNIFYING THE FACT THAT SHE IS NO LONGER A BRIDE.
THE BRIDE AND GROOM BEGIN A WALTZ. THEY THEN DANCE
WITH THE MOTHER AND FATHER OF THE BRIDE, THEN OF THE
GROOM, THEN OF THE BRIDAL PARTY. EVERYONE THEN
JOINS IN.
THE TOSSING OF THE BOUQUET AND GARTER FOLLOW..

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Grand march

Date learned: 03-30-1971

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POLISH

JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT, THE ORCHESTRA PLAYS A GRAND
MARCH. ALL THE GUESTS JOIN IN THE PARADE WITH THE
BRIDE AND GROOM LEADING, THEN THE BRIDESMAIDS
AND USHERS, THEN PARENTS, ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Grand march

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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POLISH

AFTER THE GRAND MARCH AT A POLISH WEDDING, THE BRIDAL
COUPLE SITS DOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF A LARGE CIRCLE COMPOSED
OF THE WEDDING GUESTS. THE BRIDE SITS ON THE GROOM'S LAP.
THE GUESTS SING VARIOUS SONGS. THE GUESTS SING "TWELVE
ANGELS." DURING THIS SONG, THE MAID OF HONOR TAKES OFF
THE BRIDE'S VEIL. THE BRIDE WEARS THE MAID OF HONOR'S
HEADPIECE. THE VEIL IS PASSED ALONG TO EACH BRIDESMAID.
THE BRIDESMAIDS, IN TURN, DANCE WITH THEIR ESCORTS.
THE MOTHER AND FATHER OF THE BRIDE DANCE TOGETHER. THE
NEWLYWEDS CHANGE PARTNERS WITH THE PARENTS. THE GROOM'S
PARENTS ARE THEN ASKED TO DANCE TOGETHER. THE SONG AT
THIS TIME IS THE "ANNIVERSARY WALTZ." THE WEDDING
GUESTS JOIN IN THE DANCING. THE SONG NOW IS "LET ME
CALL YOU SWEETHEART."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Grand march

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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