Dyngus Day festival celebrating polish culture and polka today

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Easter has come and gone, and now Cleveland is getting ready for a celebration of Polish culture and polka.

Dyngus Day is celebrating its 7th anniversary in Cleveland. The fun kicks off at 10:30 a.m. in the Gordon Arts District near 58th Street and Detroit Avenue.

There will be plenty of pierogies, kielbasa, beer and music. 20 restaurants in Ohio City, Tremont and the Detroit Shoreway are taking part in the fun.

New this year, three Lolly the Trolleys will be shuttling people for free to the different venues from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

DJ Kishka founded the festival.

"Not only do we have the pierogies and the kraut and all that good stuff, but we celebrate Cleveland's polka music," DJ Kishka said. "We have the Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum over on the east side. There's a huge polka history here in Cleveland. It's just a good feeling. There's kids dancing. There's grandmas and grandpas dancing and everyone in between."

Brick and Barrell and Hansa Brewery are two of the new restaurants participating in this year's festival.

The accordion parade starts at 6:30 p.m. at 58th Street and Detroit Avenue which is serving as the festival headquarters.

DJ Kishka is also showing the premiere of "The Kishka Show" a comedy which will be played at the Capitol Theatre located at 1390 W 65th Street in Cleveland. The show starts at 10 and is free.

DJ Kishka grew up playing the piano and started playing the accordion on accident.

"Just as a goof, I was in my teenage years. A friend's mom had an accordion, and I got it out and started playing around and it kind of grew on me. So the tough part was getting your left hand and your accompaniment down."

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