Members of the Cedar Rapids-based Czech Heritage Foundation’s Royal Court wait as the closing ceremonies of the national Sokol Slet begin at Kingston Stadium in 2017. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Members of the Czech Royal Court mark Svaty Mikulas in Czech Village. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Yes, I realize it’s not a real word, but Czechtivity is how I refer to Czech activities in this part of Iowa.
My family traces its heritage on both sides to what is now the Czech Republic, with a wee bit o’Irish, as well.
Festivals and other events often incorporate Czech food and traditions in the Cedar Rapids area, and into surrounding communities.
Click on the links to learn about some of those events and places:
St. Joseph’s Day Dance
Houby Days 2018
Houby Days 2017 photos
Houby Days 2016 photos
Svatý Mikuláš celebration
CzechFest and Goulash Day
Czech Royal Court
Czech Village Blues photos
The Czech Heritage Foundation Royal Court makes its way down 16th Avenue SW in a revitalized Czech Village during Houby Days in May 2015. (photo/Cindy Hadish)