Buffalo Prepares For Dyngus Day 2012

April 8, 2012 Updated Apr 8, 2012 at 12:59 PM EDT

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Buffalo Prepares For Dyngus Day 2012

April 8, 2012 Updated Apr 8, 2012 at 12:59 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NEW YORK, April 8, 2012 ( release ) – The tradition of the “Blessing of the Instruments,” the introduction of Miss Dyngus Day 2012 and the welcoming of the Dyngus Day Parade Grand Marshalls will formally signal the start of Buffalo’s 2012 Dyngus Day celebrations. The blessing takes place Easter Sunday, April 8th at 7:30 p.m. at the Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. VFW #6251 located at 2450 Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga.

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 50 years ago by the Chopin’s Singing Society. Dyngus Day Buffalo, the provider of marketing and organizational support to area celebrations was founded in 2005. Dyngus Day 2011 will take place on Monday, April 25th.

Eyewitness News will offer coverage of Dyngus Day events starting with an early morning party at the Central Terminal on "Eyewitness News This Morning" 5- 7a.m.