Dyngus Day Parade held in Buffalo's Historic Polonia Disctirct
BY: Community Papers of WNY Staff | April 22, 2014
SOUTH BUFFALO - This year’s Dyngus Day Parade held in Buffalo’s Historic Polonia District was greeted by unusually high temps and sunny skies as attendees enjoyed seventy degree weather and a greater than usual number of people with water guns in hand to wet down the masses.
Even Santa Claus was seen on one parade float with a super soaker. The Polish post-Lenten celebration had begun.
Held each year the day after Easter as an observance of the end of the restrictive Easter Lenten season, Buffalo has become the unofficial Dyngus Day capital of the United States, and this year the crowds came out in record number to celebrate.
“We love to show off our Polish heritage,” stated sisters Madison and Maris Machelski from Akron, who were joined by Jessica Domino, also of Polish decent. “A couple of things we enjoy are this parade, visiting the Broadway Market and singing Polish songs.”
The girls broke out into song, knowing all they lyrics to “Who stole the Kishka,” without missing a beat. They weren’t the only ones enjoying themselves.
The parade held over 100 floats this year, with numerous Polish-based social clubs, local businesses, unions, and a scattering of politicians making their way down the parade route before finishing up on Memorial Drive.
The procession began in front of Corpus Christi Church near the Broadway Market, with an initial Catholic blessing before making its way throughout the Broadway, Fillmore and Memorial Drive area. Thousands of onlookers flooded the sidelines of the parade in a sea of red and white.
While the noted pussywillows and squirt guns were a huge hit this year, the Buffalo food trucks made a showing and also gathered crowds as the hungry hordes awaited the Polish prince’s and other floats. While the customary trucks were available - a new to the streets food truck proved to be the most popular. Betty Crocksi, who was specializing in gourmet pierogis and homemade sausage, had an over thirty minute wait at one point, and nobody walked away disappointed.
The nearby Matt Urban Hope Center offered pre and post-parade party socializing with food and drinks available for purchase, music and merriment inside, all for a $2 donation. Proceeds went to help the center with their homeless assistance programs and local community outreach missions.
Polka music in the background throughout the event, two entertainment tents set up on Memorial Drive and food available throughout the streets. Polonia was hopping for their eighth annual Dyngus Day Parade in Buffalo.