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It was very late on Dyngus Day night when one of the biggest shows in sports television paid tribute to the holiday. Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson, the panel of TNT's "Inside the NBA," devoted a segment to a day which has its biggest celebrations in Buffalo. It was technically Tuesday morning Eastern time, after the conclusion of th…

Festivals

Even though there's a wealth of event options on Dyngus Day, revelers typically wind up at one of three places: The Pussywillow Party Tent, especially if the weather cooperates; the Central Terminal, a historic setting with wildly popular Those Idiots; and the Adam Mickiewicz Library, a dance party in tight quarters that's set apart from the wildness near Paderewski Drive.…

Buffalo

John Tumiel marveled that the old gymnasium still exists. He listened as I told him what Roman Miszewski pointed out to me last week at the St. Casimir Social Center in Buffalo, in a time capsule of a gym within a building Tumiel called by another name, almost 50 years ago. When he knew the place, it was Bishop Ryan High School. Miszewski, newly retired after 29 year…

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Back-to-back days of celebration can be a lot to handle. Easter typically brings baskets of chocolate bunnies (with odd expressions) and jelly beans, family meals with heaps of ham, and the awkward cutting of a cute butter lamb. Dyngus Day immediately follows with awkward squirt gun and pussywillow flirting, a longer parade route and a chance to revel with Polish bee…

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Buffalo has always been a city of strong ethnic identities, cherished by generations whose ancestors first arrived at this waterfront territory, settled and, ultimately, set us all up to be united as Americans. We’re also all really good at celebrating where we come from – and initially, our ancestor-generated festivals were much more insular affairs. They were family a…

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For the 13th year in a row, Buffalo's Polish community, parade enthusiasts, pussy willow wavers, red shirt wearers (but not Anderson Cooper) are gathering for everyone's favorite post-Easter holiday: Dyngus Day, On April 22, Dyngus Day festivities will be focused in Old Polonia on the East Side specifically on Broadway Avenue, Fillmore Avenue, Memorial Drive and Peckham…

Attractions

The girls whack the guys with pussy willows and the guys fire squirt guns at the girls. Or is it the other way around? That's just the first quandary that confounds the uninitiated every year when Dyngus Day rolls around. Thousands partake in the celebration, which takes place on Easter Monday and centers in the neighborhood around Broadway and Fillmore where the Pol…

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Buffalo's reputation as a bastion of Polish culture is well known. While it's easy enough to knock back a couple of Zywiecs in the ancient bar of the Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle and Library, or head to the festivities at the Central Terminal on Dyngus Day, some traces of Polish culture and influence are harder to detect. Though the city's Polish identity has in s…

Festivals

1) Dyngus Day at the Buffalo Central Terminal, 3 to 11 p.m. April 2 at 495 Paderewski Drive. Cost is $15 to attend - ticket details here - and it's a 21+ event. Commentary: Even as the Central Terminal continues slow progress toward restoration, the Art Deco venue attracts attention on Dyngus Day for a few reasons: its vast size is convenient for large crowds, it doesn'…

Food and Drink

Polish celebration A tribute to Polish heritage called Pils, Pierogi & Polka will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. March 31 at Flying Bison Brewing Company (840 Seneca St.). Attendees will get two drink tokens, a food ticket redeemable for either Ru’s Pierogi or Polish Villa 2, and live music from polka pop fusion band Those Idiots under the party tent. Flying Bison will h…

Local News

There were dancers in traditional Polish garb, along with politicians, labor union members in red T-shirts and even a small team of folks dressed like zombies Monday, representing the breadth of participants marching in the annual Dyngus Day parade along Broadway in the Historic Polonia District on Buffalo's East Side. As compelling as they all were, it was Walter Smizi…

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Western New York loves its spring flings. Our typically long winter is behind us. A typically beautiful summer is ahead. And so we go a little crazy. Spring fever has figured in so many of our 100 Things. That first trip your car takes through the car wash, the teeth-chattering excitement of our two St. Patrick's Day parades. Now we come to the most delirious spring …

Local News

You have your red "You bet your dupa I'm Polish" T-shirt, a Tyskie in hand and a pierogi already down the hatch, but how much do you really know about Dyngus Day? Let's find out with a little "Fact or Fiction?" (1) Dyngus Day is celebrated in Poland. Fiction. At least it is not celebrated the way it is here. The party day featuring squirt guns and pussy willows at…

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Polish culture is thrust into the spotlight on Dyngus Day in Buffalo. From hands-on learning about Zywiec and Tyskie, to foraging for the city's best pierogi, to arguing whose red shirt has the worst kielbasa joke, cultural experiences are intertwined with the revelry of the post-Lenten festivities. To give you a broad idea of what's happening with Polish food and drink l…

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1) Pussy Willow Party Tent for Dyngus Day, 3 to 11 p.m. March 28 on Peckham Street at Memorial Drive in Historic Polonia (walking distance from Central Terminal). $10 to get in, or $2 with a Pussy Willow Pass ($10 itself from Wegmans locations). Commentary: Polish revelry will be in full force in the wildly popular entertainment tent, where polka band Those Idiots fills t…