BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) With balloons, and a collection of pussy willows, some people started their Dyngus Day celebrations early Monday at an East side tavern.
Others started their Dyngus Day observance in a more solemn way, gathering at Corpus Christi Church to celebrate Mass.
The tradition of Dyngus Day originated in Poland, where Easter is a two day celebration.
In the neighborhood surrounding the Broadway Market, residents were out decorating and setting up for the day and evening long party. One resident, Karen Galluzo, enlisted the aid of her grandchildren to turn her yard into a giant Easter decoration. Galluzo, while not Polish, said everyone is on Dyngus Day.
At Corpus Christi Hall, authentic Polish dancers entertained throughout the day.
On Sears Street, volunteers put the finishing touches on a Dyngus Day float. The big parade kicked off from Corpus Christi Church, winding through streets in what is described as "Old Polonia" - ending at the the Central Terminal on Paderewski.
Buffalo Common Council President David Fronczak told Eyewitness News, "I always thought Dyngus Day made more sense than Mardi Gras, because it came after Lent, and the weather is better."
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