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Dyngus Day

Dyngus Day LogoHappy Dyngus Day!

Load your squirt guns and grab your pussywillows (should you be lucky enough to find any), because today is Dyngus Day, the Polish-American celebration that comes at the end of Lent. According to the Dyngus Day Buffalo Web site, the modern traditions involving squirt guns and pussywillows started when “farm boys in Poland wanted to attract the notice from the girls of their choice.” Apparently subtlety wasn’t their strong point, so they got the girls’ attention by throwing water on them and whacking them in the legs with pussywillows. The girls got the last laugh, though, when they reciprocated “by throwing dishes and crockery” at the boys. Ouch. Dyngus Day has evolved over the years to become primarily a celebration of Polish-American culture, heritage and traditions. For the lay person, that means Polka, pierogies, kielbasa and vodka.

Lucky for us, Buffalo is the self-proclaimed home to the largest Dyngus Day celebration in the world. The bulk of the local celebrations are happening today across the once Polish-centric East Side. A 5 ‘o’ clock parade from the Broadway Market to the Central Terminal via Fillmore Ave. kicks things off. The parties and venues in Buffalo are listed below. For complete information on Dyngus Day events across the region, visit

Central Terminal
TIME: Doors open at 5pm
ADDRESS: Paderewski Drive at Memorial
FOOD: Ulrich’s Tavern, Bistro Europa, K Sisters Pierogies & Melanie’s Sweets
DANCE: 6p Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble
MUSIC: 7-9pm Those Idiots (Polka) & 9-11pm Buffalo Bells featuring Geno Kurdzial

Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle
TIME: Doors open at 5pm
ADDRESS: 612 Fillmore Ave.
ADMISSION: $8/$2 with ticket from another party
FOOD: Complimentary kielbasa & lazy pierogi buffet, cash bar
MUSIC: 6pm Greg Docenko & his band, 9pm Those Idiots

St. Stanislaus Parish
TIME: Doors open at 4:30pm
ADDRESS: 389 Peckham Street
FOOD: Dinners, cash bar
MUSIC: 5-11pm Concertina All Stars and Stephanie & Her Honky Band