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CLEVELAND - Contestant names and details of the 2013 Cleveland Miss Dyngus Pageant have been announced.
The crowning of Miss Dyngus is scheduled to immediately precede the annual "march of the accordions," said to be the highlight of Cleveland Dyngus Day festivities.
Dyngus is an age-old Polish and Eastern European celebration held the Monday after Easter marking the end of Lent.
On Monday, April 1, the 2013 Miss Dyngus Pageant will be held at 4 p.m. at the Parkview Niteclub , 1261 W 58th Street, Cleveland, in Cleveland's near west side Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.
Pageant organizers told NewsChannel5 the winner will be selected at the time by the 2013 Cleveland Miss Dyngus committee with help from the attending audience.
After the crowning ceremonies, Miss Dyngus will lead the yearly march of the accordions parade up West 58th Street to Detroit Avenue, pushed by her admirers on a specially constructed rolling throne.
This year, inside a beer tent at that intersection, Miss Dyngus is expected to make her acceptance remarks while wearing her ceremonial sausage crown and sash.
Play the video clip to hear Dyngus Day committee member DJ Kishka announce the contestants in this year's competition.
According to organizers, Miss Dyngus finalists were chosen through an application and screening process.
Contestants are expected to be of Polish ancestry and be willing to wear a babushka and dance the polka.
Other preferred qualifications on the Miss Dyngus application form include the ability to quickly make pierogis and a love of piwo (Polish beer).
Miss Dyngus must also agree to the following terms, stated on the application form:
I do hereby agree to be available throughout the year to attend Dyngus Day functions and to exude the sweetness and cheeriness that only a Dyngus Day Queen can. I will also wear with pride the Miss Dyngus Day prestigious Sausage Crown and Sash whenever in public.