Dyngus Day Buffalo

April 1, 2013 Updated Apr 2, 2013 at 6:03 AM EDT

By John Borsa

April 1, 2013 Updated Apr 2, 2013 at 6:03 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) Fireworks, a first at Dyngus Day, capped off a fun evening of Polish heritage on Buffalo's East Side Monday night.

The post-Lenten tradition brought tens of thousands to the neighboring the Central Terminal for an evening festival. Earlier in the day, more than 125 groups marched in the Dyngus Day parade.

"I love Dyngus Day. I'm 100 percent Polish so this is my holiday," said Renee Larusch, who watched the parade near the corner of Memorial Drive and Peckham Street.

Cold temperatures, wind, snow and even sleet did not scare away the crowds who packed tents and danced to traditional Polish music.

"It's just the tradition, the people. Just getting together. It's just fantastic for little Polonia here. It's just unbelievable," said Jeff Szal from Hamburg who was dancing in one of the many tents set up along Memorial Drive.

Eddy Dobosiewicz, co-founder of Dyngus Day, said the holiday is spreading to other cities throughout the country.

"We now have sizeable celebrations in Cleveland. We have sizeable celebrations in Pittsburgh, in Albany-Schenectady. New Orleans even has a really, really big party now - it's second year - so how big can it get? It can get so big that the entire nation observes Dyngus Day," said Dobosiewicz.

Buffalo Police officials reported no major problems at this year's event.