Dyngus Day Buffalo – the group that organizes the world’s biggest Dyngus Day celebration – sent in the following release calling for parade participants. Not sure what Dyngus Day is? Click here to read my report on the post-Easter Polish holiday from 2008.
Dyngus Day Parade Calls For Participants
3rd Annual Event in the Historic Polonia District to Take Place April 13, 2009
BUFFALO, NEW YORK, February 4, 2009 – Organizers of Buffalo’s annual Dyngus Day Parade invite social groups, ethnic organizations, schools, marching bands, dancers and performers to participation in the 3rd Annual Dyngus Day Parade. The parade will take place at 5pm on Monday, April 13th.
Buffalo’s Dyngus Day Parade, the first of its kind in the world, will march through the Historic Polonia District passing numerous Dyngus Day celebrations including those at St. Stanislaus Church, Corpus Christi Church, The Adam Plewacki American Legion Post 799 and the Adam Mickewicz Library and Dramatic Circle. Parade organizers anticipate more than 100 parade entries and over 35,000 spectators this year.
The parade is sponsored by Dyngus Day Buffalo, the coordinator of more than 25 festival sites. Dyngus Day Buffalo promotes Buffalo, New York nationally as the Dyngus Day Capital of the World.
Parade entry applications are available online at DyngusDayBuffalo.com. The deadline for parade entries is 5pm April 8.
A Polish-American tradition, Dyngus Day celebrates the end of the restrictive observance of Lent and the joy of Easter. Over the decades, Buffalo, New York has become the Dyngus Day Capital of the World attracting thousands of people from across the northeast United States. Although celebrated in Buffalo’s Polonia neighborhood since the arrival of the first Poles in the 1870s, the city’s first modern Dyngus Day celebration was held 50 years ago by the Chopin’s Singing Society, a tradition that continues today. Dyngus Day 2009 will take place on Monday, April 13th.