Now in its eighth year, Cleveland's Dyngus Day
celebration continues to get bigger and better each year. This year's event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Monday, April 2, at locations throughout Ohio City, Tremont and the Detroit Shoreway, promises to be another wildly good time.
"From a Polish Legion of American Veterans Post to St. John Cantius, a Catholic church named for a Polish priest and established in the 1880s by immigrants who lived here and worked in the booming nearby steel mills, there is a real Polish-American history in this community," explains Terry Zacharyj, Commander, FD Roosevelt Post 58-Polish Legion Of American Veterans, in a press release announcing details about the upcoming event. For those who want to learn more about Cleveland's Polish community, the family friendly Ukrainian Museum-Archives in Tremont will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Dyngus Day.
As part of the day-long celebration, Detroit Avenue will be closed from West 57th St. to West 59th St. as Dyngus Day will expand into what organizers say is its "largest footprint to date."
As always, Dyngus Day will feature Kishka's Beer Heaven Festival Grounds in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.
Opening ceremonies take place at 10 a.m., and the Miss Dyngus Day Pageant will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the main festival grounds. After the crowning of Miss Dyngus 2018, the Accordion Parade will follow at 6 p.m.
Over in Tremont, many restaurants and bars will participate in the festivities.
The polka act Visinata will perform at the South Side, the award-winning Patty C & the Guys will play at FD Roosevelt Post 58 and resident squeezebox celebrity Stan Mejac will set up shop at Prosperity Social Club. Hi and Dry Bowling & Beer will offer an evening bowling tournament and polka karaoke with DJ Kenny.
Sokolowski's University Inn will feature a special all-Polish menu that includes fresh and smoked kielbaski, while Tremont Tap House will offer a Bigos Hunter's Stew and apple and prune pierogi with fig brown butter cream sauce. Prosperity Social Club will have an ethnic platter that includes Old World favorites including cabbage roll, cabbage and noodles, potato pierogi, potato pancake and kielbaski.
Lolly the Trolley will shuttle participants throughout all neighborhoods, and Cleveland Brew Bus will run continuously from noon to 8 p.m. and stop at seven Tremont venues (Hi and Dry Bowling & Beer, FD Roosevelt Veterans Post 58, Prosperity Social Club, the South Side and Sokolowski's University Inn, Tremont Tap House and the Ukrainian Museum Archives).
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