Dyngus Day Festival 2013 Plans Announced | Arts & Culture
BUFFALO, NEW YORK – Joined by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown members of Dyngus Day Buffalo gathered at Buffalo City Hall to announce details for the upcoming 2013 Dyngus Day Buffalo Festival. Making use of the unprecedented national and international attention Dyngus Day received following last year’s festival, Dyngus Day Buffalo is busy preparing for what is expected to be the largest Dyngus Day in history.
New elements to be added to the 2013 festival include the first ever Dyngus Day firework display in the Historic Polonia District. The sky above the Tyskie Beer Festival Tent will be aglow with a dazzling array of red & white. The fireworks are scheduled for the conclusion of the Those Idiots polka rock performance at Central Terminal. The Central Terminal Restoration Corporation, which hosts the largest Dyngus Day party in the world, will add a series of outdoor tents on the Terminal’s elevated plaza to increase capacity and to allow for ongoing restoration work to proceed inside the Terminal.
Entry applications are now being accepted for participation in the 2013 Dyngus Day Buffalo parade. In addition to traditional parade award categories like the “best use of red & white,” and the “best use of pussy willows,” a new prize named in honor of Dyngus Day Parade pioneer Russell Pawlak will be introduced.
The Holiday Inn Airport, locally owned and operated by Hart Hotels, has been named the official Dyngus Day Festival Hotel. Direct shuttle service to and from Festival venues and discounted room rates will be available to Festival participants.
The 2013 Dyngus Day Festival will see the continuation of the Pussy Willow Pass admission program and Sobieski Vodka Dyngus Day Buffalo Shuttle System that links Official Festival venues from the Eastern Suburbs and Black Rock to the Historic Polonia District. An updated schedule of festival events and musical performances is posted on the official website of the Dyngus Day Buffalo Festival: www.DyngusDayBuffalo.com with updates to be continually added. Key dates and times include:
Friday, March 22, 2013 - Deadline to participate in the 7th Annual Dyngus Day Buffalo Parade -Organizers of Buffalo, New York’s annual Dyngus Day Parade invite social groups, ethnic organizations, schools, marching & polka bands, dancers and performers to participate in the annual Dyngus Day Parade. Entry applications and submission information is now available at DyngusDayBufalo.com.
Sunday, March 31, 2013 - 7pm, Opening Ceremony of 2013 Dyngus Day Buffalo Festival: The Official Kick-Off event of Dyngus Day Buffalo including the traditional Blessing of the Instruments at the Pvt. Leonard Post VFW, 2450 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, New York.
Monday, April 1st, 2013 - 5pm, 7th Annual Dyngus Day Buffalo Parade, Historic Polonia District: The largest public display of Polish Pride in Western New York. More than 100 parade units are expected with floats and displays decorated with pussy willows and the red & white of the Polish Flag. The parade begins in front of Corpus Christi Church and concludes at the Buffalo Central Terminal, passing many Dyngus Day venues along its route through the Historic Polonia District.
The official website of the Dyngus Day Buffalo festival is www.DyngusDayBuffalo.com.
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 52 years ago by the Chopin’s Singing Society, a tradition that continues today. Dyngus Day Buffalo, the provider of marketing and organizational support to area celebrations was founded in 2005. Dyngus Day 2013 will take place on Monday, April 1st.