April 23, 2014
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Dyngus Day Parade held in Buffalo's Historic Polonia Disctirct

Jessica Domino, along with Maris and Madison Machelski enjoy the fun at the 8th Annual Dyngus Day Parade in Buffalo’s Historic Polonia District. Catherine Miller/Source Reporter.

SOUTH BUFFALO - This year’s Dyngus Day Parade held in Buffalo’s Historic Polonia District was greeted by unusually high temps and sunny skies as attendees enjoyed seventy degree weather and a greater than usual number of people with water guns in hand to wet down the masses.

Even Santa Claus was seen on one parade float with a super soaker. The Polish post-Lenten celebration had begun.

Held each year the day after Easter as an observance of the end of the restrictive Easter Lenten season, Buffalo has become the unofficial Dyngus Day capital of the United States, and this year the crowds came out in record number to celebrate.

“We love to show off our Polish heritage,” stated sisters Madison and Maris Machelski from Akron, who were joined by Jessica Domino, also of Polish decent. “A couple of things we enjoy are this parade, visiting the Broadway Market and singing Polish songs.”

The girls broke out into song, knowing all they lyrics to “Who stole the Kishka,” without missing a beat. They weren’t the only ones enjoying themselves.

The parade held over 100 floats this year, with numerous Polish-based social clubs, local businesses, unions, and a scattering of politicians making their way down the parade route before finishing up on Memorial Drive.

The procession began in front of Corpus Christi Church near the Broadway Market, with an initial Catholic blessing before making its way throughout the Broadway, Fillmore and Memorial Drive area. Thousands of onlookers flooded the sidelines... Read the rest of this article in News

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