Dyngus Day in full swing

A longtime Polish holiday lives on today in Western New York, especially Dunkirk: Dyngus Day.

Water and pussy willows are associated with the celebration and Buffalo is recognized nationally for having some of the most prominent of events for the day.

Dunkirk’s claim to fame was Chester Tarnowski, who would visit a number of area businesses and organizations dressed in his unusual Dyngus Day attire. Since his death in 2010, his son Bruce has continued the tradition.

And what a great tradition it is.

Last year, Fredonia resident Roger Ruckman, in a letter to the editor, summed it up well: “Chester Tarnowski represents Dyngus Day more than any Polish person I have ever known having grown up in the Buffalo area. He was a beacon of the city of Dunkirk and the Polish population of Dunkirk.”