CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Dyngus Day is an annual tradition that celebrates the end of the Lenten season, after Easter.
"There's nothing like Dyngus Day in Buffalo , it's the largest celebration of Polish pride, not only in our community, but across the country," said Marty Biniasz, the Co-Founder Dyngus Day Buffalo.
This year's Dyngus Day officially got started Sunday night at the PVT Leonard Post VFW with the blessing of the musical instruments.
Monday afternoon, a family-friendly event took place at St. Casimir Church in Kaisertown. There are all kinds of activities, to get into the Dyngus Day spirit. Families are participating in dancing, games, an Easter egg hunt, arts and crafts, and an egg roll.
Last year Dyngus Day became a big joke to CNN's Anderson Cooper as he infamously laughed at the traditions of pussy willows and squirt guns, so organizers invited him to this year's event. At first, he hinted that he would attend, but later declined because of his schedule.
So organizers felt they needed a "Cooper" represented somehow so they hung a Mini Cooper automobile from the Buffalo Central Terminal, a center of Dyngus Day celebrations in Buffalo.
"The Cooper, we had to have some kind of a Cooper represented at Dyngus Day, so if it took a car driving up the side of a building so be it," explained Eddy Dobosiewicz, Co-Founder Dyngus Day Buffalo.
Dyngus Day organizers say there's no hard feelings between them and Anderson Cooper. They appreciate the national attention his comments drew to Buffalo's Polish community and hope that it will make this year's Dyngus Day the biggest yet.
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