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Cleveland’s Dyngus Day goes virtual for 2020 celebration due to coronavirus

It's the 10th year for the Dyngus Day event in Cleveland.
Credit: Dave DeNatale, WKYC

CLEVELAND — Let the Dyngus Day celebration begin!

Although physical distancing and stay-at-home orders have prevented the annual Dyngus Day from happening with face-to-face interactions, event organizers are unleashing a different way to enjoy the party.

For its 10-year anniversary, Dyngus Day officials will offer a virtual celebration streaming live.

The event takes place from 1-3 p.m. and will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube.

“While we can’t bring you a party on the streets of Cleveland and Gordon Square, we can still raise a Piwo, whip up some pierogi and dance a polka – all from our couch to yours,” organizers said in a press release. “Join in for an action-packed Dyngus Day celebration featuring local restaurants and chefs, Alex Meixner, Fred Ziwich, Jake from Chardon Polka Band, Councilman Matthew Zone, Joe Valencic, President from National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and, of course, your host DJ Kishka.”

Donations to help raise funds for businesses and entertainers who made this celebration come to life are being accepted HERE. The money will also be used to "help us reschedule another festive celebration later this year."

A longtime Polish staple that has held official status in Cleveland since 2011, Dyngus Day celebrates Polish culture as well as the end of Lent. There's always plenty of food, fun, and polka!

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