Dyngus Day festivities back for 13th year

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Mike Baggerman
April 22, 2019 - 3:00 am

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Thousands of people will convene to Buffalo's East Side on Monday for the annual Dyngus Day Parade.

The parade is entering its 13th year and will feature an expanded parade route.

"At Peckham and Memorial where we used to make a left-hand turn, we're now making a right-hand turn," Dyngus Day Parade Coordinator Bernadette Pawlak told WBEN. "(We're doing it) to expand the parade route because of the amount of people that want to attend and to avoid the congestion where people would try to go to events and get on buses."


Pawlak hopes Dyngus Day can gain the same enthusiasm and success as Mardi Gras does in New Orleans.

"It's probably getting really big," Kathy, who is planning to attend the parade told us. "I think it's gotten to be a big thing to do."

Kathy and her friend, Heidi, told us they'll be celebrating Dyngus Day on one of the parade floats. The two acknowledged that there's a lot of drinking at these parades (including kegs on their own float), but they said that, minus a few examples, people are well-behaved at the parade.

Broadway Market also re-opens at 8 a.m. Monday. The Dyngus Day Party at the market starts at noon with a kielbasa tasting contest, polka bands, and polish beer on sale.

"It's a lot of fun and that runs until 6 p.m." Broadway Market Manager Kathy Peterson said.

See full information about the Dyngus Day Parade HERE


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