- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Organizers say this year’s Dyngus (DING-guhs) Day celebrations in Buffalo will be bigger and better than ever.

The western New York city is one of a relatively small number of cities that celebrate the Polish-American holiday, which falls on the Monday after Easter.

The annual post-Lenten party features a parade, polka bands, pierogi and Polish vodka. Custom also has celebrants swatting each other with pussy willows as a sign of affection, or taking aim with squirt guns.

Parade coordinator Bernadette Pawlak says more than 150 groups are expected in this year’s 10th annual parade, compared to the 30 units that took part in the first event in 2007.

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