NEW YORK, NY (WIVB) - Tuesday night on national television, CNN host Anderson Cooper devoted more than three minutes of time to Dyngus Day in Buffalo. Cooper featured the post-Lenten festival on the "RidicuList" segment on Andersen 360.
"It's so stupid, really so stupid," said Cooper before he erupted into 70 seconds of uninterrupted on-air laugher. Cooper seemed baffled about the Dyngus Day tradition of squirting water and using pussy willows in a flirtatious manner as a sign of affection.
"It sounds like a bunch of waterlogged drunk people hitting each other with sticks," continued Anderson. "There ain't no party like a Dyngus Day party cuz' a Dyngus Day party is the most random excuse to drink there is. And to the good citizens of Buffalo wringing out their clothes, tending to their beer and kielbasa hangovers and pussy willow welts today, happy belated Dyngus Day."
In a release sent to media Wednesday, Dyngus Day Buffalo responded to the segment. "We take Dyngusing very serious in the Dyngus Day Capital of the World," said Eddy Dobosiewicz, Co-Founder of Dyngus Day Buffalo. "Sure it's a great party filled with spirited adult revelry, but Polish Pride and the celebration of Easter are at the center of the day which is a highlight on the Buffalo social calendar."
Dyngus Day Buffalo has invited Cooper to attend Dyngus Day 2013 and experience one of America's greatest ethnic festivals for himself.
"It's only appropriate that Cooper is named the 2013 Pussy Willow Prince as next year's Dyngus Day falls on April 1st...April Fools Day," explained Dobosiewicz. "A ride on the historic Fireboat Cotter, the world's largest Dyngus Day squirt gun, will also be on the Dyngus tour of Buffalo if Cooper accepts our invite."
The invitation to attend Dyngus Day and the title of the "Pussy Willow Prince" will come in the form of a box from BuffaloFoods.com featuring Redlinski's Polish Sausage and pussy willows.
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 51 years ago by the Chopin's Singing Society, a tradition that continues today. Dyngus Day Buffalo, the provider of marketing and organizational support to area celebrations was founded in 2005.
Dyngus Day 2013 will take place on Monday, April 1.
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