Cheektowaga, NY (WKBW) - On Monday, tens of thousands of people will celebrate Dyngus Day and the Polish heritage of many Western New Yorkers.
The party started late Sunday evening for hundreds of people.
As Easter Sunday comes to an end, Dyngus Day celebrations began.
Richard Cieslak says, "We celebrate Easter in the house with the family, get them out and come here!"
A polka band sang, "everybody's Polish on Dyngus Day," while people in the audience danced along.
The Dyngus Day kick-off event included the Blessing of the Instruments.
Marty Biniasz, a co-founder of Dyngus Day Buffalo says, "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."
People are even coming in from Rochester and other states for the celebration.
Dyngus Day grows every year. More than 30 polka bands are set to play on Monday.
Jim Mieklicki says "it really has become something else. It is comparable to Mardi Gras!"
In 2012, Dyngus Day even sent CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper into a fit of laughter.
However, this year organizers plan an ode to the TV-Host. The shell of a mini-cooper is hanging from the Buffalo Central Terminal.
However, organizers say there are no grudges.
"It was worth a million dollars worth of publicity," says Eddy Dobosiewicz, a co-founder of Dyngus Day Buffalo.
After all, Dobosiewicz says that laughter is what Dyngus Day is all about.