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Buffalo is considered the “official” home of Dyngus Day in the U.S., and with good reason – not just because of the number of Polish-Americans in the area, but also the fact that week can take a one-day holiday and make it last a week (see St. Patrick’s Day!).
Dyngus Day celebrates the end of the Lenten season, and takes place on Monday after Easter Sunday – this year, it’s on Monday, March 28. I’ve seen it compared to Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) at the other end of the Lenten calendar – instead of beads, get out your pussy willow branches and squirt guns.
Among the activities for this year’s celebration:
- The 10th annual Dyngus Day Parade through the historic Polonia District at 5 p.m., featuring more than 130 floats and participants.
- Throughout the day, a number of venues – church halls, restaurants and bars among them – will be hosting parties complete with food and beverages, music and dancing.
- The Broadway Market, located at 999 Broadway, will host a kielbasa-eating contest starting at noon.
- The Pussywillow Park Party Tent on Memorial Dr. opens at 3 p.m. and features Food Truck Alley, live music and homemade pierogi.
Find a complete schedule of events at www.dyngusday.com.