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Dyngus Day 2012 in Buffalo

I often think of Easter weekend as a time to celebrate with family and friends, but for the Polish (and the “Polish for a Day”) Community, it’s the day after Easter that everyone looks forward to… Dyngus Day 2012!!!

Dyngus Day is historically known as a Polish-American tradition, and celebrates the end of the restrictive Lenten Season and the joy of the Easter Season.

It might be hard to believe (or not), but Buffalo is considered the “Dyngus Day Capital of the World.” There are Official Dyngus Day Posts located in Cheektowaga, Depew, South Buffalo, Black Rock and the Historic Polonia District of Buffalo. Some of the first Dyngus Day celebrations in Buffalo date back to the 1870s, but the first modern day celebration kicked off in 1961 by Buffalo’s Chopin Singing Society.

Dyngus Day festivies often begin mid-morning with a large buffet consisting of traditional Easter foods, and live music to entertain the crowd. Most festivies will continue throughout the day, and continue into the wee-hours of the night.

Buffalo’s 7th Annual Dyngus Day Parade (AKA The “World’s Largest Dyngus Day Parade”) will kick off at 5:00PM on Monday, and travel through the Historic Polonia District from Corpus Christi Church to the Buffalo Central Terminal.

Check out for a complete list of Dyngus Day festivities taking place across Western New York.

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