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Buffalo, other US cities celebrate Dyngus Day

Posted at: 04/01/2013 8:30 AM
By: Associated Press

It's Dyngus Day in Buffalo, and that's no April Fools' Day joke.
    
Dyngus Day is a Polish-American tradition celebrated the day after Easter to mark the end of Lent and the arrival of spring. In the Buffalo area, home to one of the nation's largest Polish-American populations, it's a day of polkas, parties, parades, feasting and drinking.
    
It's also the day when people playfully squirt each other with water and swat one another with pussy willows to show their amorous interest.
    
Monday's biggest party will be at the Central Terminal, an old rail station on the city's east side, where many Polish immigrants first settled in Buffalo. Several thousand partygoers are expected to turn out.
    
Dyngus Day events are also being held in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Cleveland and other U.S. cities.