Buffalo's annual Dyngus Day festival and parade has been put on hold in response to concerns about coronavirus, according to event organizer Eddy Dobosiewicz.
"Every year, thousands of Western New Yorkers have a lot of fun celebrating Dyngus Day, a Polish Catholic holiday about new beginnings and starting over," Dobosiewicz said in a statement Thursday.
"Dyngus is not just a day, it's a state of mind. So as soon as it's safe, we'll have a celebration to demonstrate the spirit of our community and the true meaning of Dyngus," he added.
Dobosiewicz said shifting the date of the celebration will be difficult but, he added, volunteers are working around the clock to schedule an alternate date which would work, while also assuring that public safety is the highest priority.
"We're pretty rugged here in Buffalo, we're survivors, but now we need to listen to our village and town officials, listen to (Erie County Executive) Mark Poloncarz, listen to Gov. (Andrew M.) Cuomo, listen to the White House," Dobosiewicz said.
"And after we've all done our part, it'll be Dyngus Day again," he added.