Dyngus Day celebration spreading in Cleveland west side neighborhoods
Tremont neighborhood joins Polish party
Ted Kortan, newsnet5.com
4:27 PM, Mar 27, 2013
7:24 PM, Mar 29, 2013
CLEVELAND - If you listen closely, the sound of polka music can be heard. It's coming from accordions being tuned up for the growing celebration of Dyngus Day on Cleveland's near west side.
This week, NewsChannel5 found two polka players spreading cheer in the Gordon Square area of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. If you watch the video, you will hear a rollicking version of "Grab Your Bowling Balls".
Justin Gorski, Jake Kouwe and other squeezebox players, will march in this year's Cleveland Dyngus Day accordion parade at 5 p.m., Monday, April 1 on West 58th Street near Detroit Avenue.
Dyngus is a Polish and Eastern European tradition dating back hundreds of years which marks the end of Lent. Dyngus Day is always the Monday immediately following Easter.
In America, Dyngus celebrations have been largely limited to ethnic communities in the Great Lakes region.