DEPEW, N.Y. -- Western New York's Polish community celebrated music, ethnic fun and food at the 16th annual Paczki day festival Sunday afternoon in Depew.
Hundreds came to the event, which featured live polka music, dancing and dozens of paczki donuts. Attendees enjoyed the jelly filled pastries before their lenten sacrifices begin on Ash Wednesday.
Organizers said it's important local Polish people commemorate their heritage in a fun way.
"We started this 16 years ago just as a fundraiser for our group and it's kinda grown, and we're in a bigger location now and we invite the young people, the old people, the families to come out, everybody to just have a great time," said organizer Michelle Kisluk.
A paczek King, queen, prince and princess were also crowned.