The fourth annual and highly anticipated Cleveland Dyngus Day will be held Monday, April 21st, 2014 from 11am – 2am in the Detroit Shoreway, Tremont, and Ohio City Neighborhoods. DJ Kishka, Scene Magazine’s Best Club DJ 2010 and Cleveland Magazine’s Best DJ 2011, has partnered with some of Cleveland’s best neighborhoods, merchants, bars, and restaurants to host the events, music, and accordion parade.
Dyngus Day, also known as Wet Monday, has been celebrated for thousands of years on Easter Monday in Poland and other Easter European cultures. It marks the conclusion of Easter, and the often restrictive time of Lent, with Polish music, beer, and cuisine. The world’s largest organized Dyngus Day celebration is in Buffalo, NY, where DJ Kishka performed in 2010 and was inspired to bring the event back to his hometown of Cleveland.
“I wanted to celebrate the rich heritage of the Polish and Eastern European Cultures here in Cleveland,” Kishka says, “Bringing the party to Detroit Shoreway along with adding Ohio City and Tremont this year, were a perfect fit to grow Dyngus Day.”
The celebration drew 4,500 people in 2012, nearly 10,000 people in 2013 and expects upwards of 15,000 participants this year amongst all the celebrating neighborhoods. This year Dyngus Day will again feature Kishka’s beer garden and main stage sponsored by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame along with numerous venues in the Detroit Shoreway, Tremont, and Ohio City Neighborhoods.
Dyngus Day events will begin around 11:00am at several of the official locations. At 4pm the Beer Tent and Stage will host the Miss Dyngus pageant and NEW this year, the Dyngus Dog pageant as well. After the crowning of Miss Dyngus 2014 and the Dyngus Dog 2014, the Accordion Parade will commence at 5pm. Kishka’s Beer Heaven Tent will offer cultural music, dancing, and food sponsored by Sterle’s Slovenian Country House and Rudy’s Strudel and Bakery.
Throughout the Detroit Shoreway, Tremont, and Ohio City, attendees will find a fine selection of Polish beer and cuisine at restaurants at numerous venues. The featured 2014 venues are Kishka’s Beer Heaven and entertainment tent sponsored by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame, Spice Kitchen + Bar, XYZ the Tavern, Reddstone, Happy Dog, Luxe Kitchen and Bar, Toast Wine Bar, The Harp, Flying Fig, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Market Garden, Bar Cento, Nano Brew, and Touch Supper Club. Lolly the Trolley will shuttle participants this year throughout all three neighborhoods running from 12:00pm-8:00pm. All official venues will have red and white balloons outside their establishment marking them as a shuttle stop.
“Everybody loves to Polka!,” Norm Plonski of The Parkview Nite Club stated and “Dyngus Day is free and open to the public – all cultural affiliations are welcome.”
All accordion players are invited and welcome to join the Accordion Parade at 5:00pm. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. A full schedule and listing of events is available at ClevelandDyngus.com, the official Cleveland Dyngus Day website.