The day has finally arrived, Buffalo! Grab your squirt guns and pussy willows for the Annual Dyngus Day Parade in Buffalo’s Historic Polonia District. Leave work early (or depending on how cool your boss is, just start pre-gaming at work…) and head towards the party of the month as WNY’s Polish peeps (and then some) party all night long.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2017 Dyngus Day Parade parade:
When is it?
Dyngus Day always falls on the Monday after Easter. This year it’s on Monday, April 17, 2017.
When does the parade start?
Where is it?
Buffalo’s Historic Polonia District, AKA Buffalo’s East Side right near The Central Terminal. The parade starts at Corpus Christi Church (199 Clark St, Buffalo, NY 14212) and flows down Broadway, Fillmore, and Memorial Drive. Find more info on this at dyngusday.com.
Where are the best spots to watch the parade?
The Pussywillow Park Party Tent on Memorial Drive, The Broadway Market on Broadway, and St. Stanislaus Social Center on Peckham according to dyngusday.com.
What can I expect at the Dyngus Day Parade?
“In the case of the Annual Dyngus Day Parade, here in Buffalo’s Historic Polonia District, it’s more of a demonstration in civic and ethnic pride. Unlike any other event in recent memory, this parade gathers people together with a sense of camaraderie and joy mixed with nostalgia and hope. An acknowledgement of who they are, where they came from and where they want to go. What started out as a rag tag group of passionate Poles with a few flags, a couple of pickup trucks and a band on a trailer, has turned into a big splash of Polish pride surfing a sea of red and white. Floats resembling medieval ships, fire trucks with sirens blazing and hoses squirting, polka bands blaring and families sharing memories and laughter as they stroll through the neighborhood tossing candy and beads to the little urchins gathered on the curbs.” –Dyngusday.com
Also, you WILL get wet. Just saying.
What should I wear?
Dress for the weather, wear comfy shoes, and wear something that you don’t mind getting wet/spilled on! Also, wear red and white of course.
Where there be food for purchase?
Yes, there will be food along the way (look for food trucks, tents, etc.) especially near the Central Terminal, which is the end of the parade route.
Where should I go to find a schedule of events and a map?
To learn more about the Dyngus Day Parade visitdyngusday.com!