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NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. – The North Tonawanda Neighborhood Watch’s Dyngus Day Committee announces the selection of Ania Duchon as the Grand Marshal for the 4th Annual North Tonawanda Dyngus Day Parade.

Duchon, who immigrated to the United States in the late 1980s, will hold the distinction of being both the first Polish-born individual and woman to lead the parade down the historic Oliver Street. “I’m excited to serve as this year’s grand marshal,” said Duchon.

She took over the family business in 2010. Under her leadership, they expanded to a second location and began diversifying offerings. She launched Simply Pierogi, later becoming the official pierogi of the Buffalo Sabres.

Duchon extended gratitude to the Parade Committee for selecting her for this year’s event.

“North Tonawanda, along with WNY, takes immense pride in its significant Polish heritage,” she continued. “And that pride perpetuates through generations within our community.”

In 2020, the business consolidated ventures into one location in Clarence, featuring Chrusciki Bakery, Simply Pierogi Polish Kitchen, and Sto Lat Bar. Additionally, Duchon also owns Pierogi Pete’s on Transit Road. Alongside managing her businesses, Duchon hosts her own program, “Sto Lat with Ania,” on WBBZ-TV on Sunday nights, where she discusses local WNY cuisine.

“Ania seemed like the perfect fit for this year’s event,” said NT Watch Chairman Joe Marranca. “She has made significant contributions to WNY’s ‘polinia,’ and we are delighted that she can continue to do so as our first Polish-born and female Grand Marshal. Ania will undoubtedly make us proud.”

“We are excited about the parade's continued growth each year, and we appreciate the support of the community, our volunteers, and our sponsors, who all ultimately contribute to the success of this event,” he concluded.

This year’s corporate sponsors include Fallon Health Weinberg, Greenlight Networks, Rajczak Enterprises, WBBZ-TV, and Wardynski’s Meats.

The event is scheduled for Monday, April 1. The parade starts promptly at 5:00 pm and follows the same route as last year, commencing at Buffalo Bolt Way off Oliver Street. It will proceed down Oliver Street and conclude at the Post-Parade Party located at the North Tonawanda Farmers’ Market, voted last year as the #1 Market in the entire United States.

The post-parade party is the largest free event to attend in the WNY area. It features live polka music by Captain Tom and the Hooligans, along with authentic Polish food and drinks available for purchase.

For organizations or individuals interested in registering to march in the parade, can click here or visit The official 2024 NT Dyngus Day T-Shirt is available for purchase here or by visiting

The non-profit, WNY Association of Blind Athletes (WNYABA), will benefit from a portion of the proceeds from this year’s event, including the pre-party at Fattey Beer on the night of Saturday, March 30th. One dollar of every draft beer purchased will be donated to WNYABA programming for athletes with impaired vision.

1 Comment

The perfect example of a smart, stunningly beautiful Polish princess, I have thought that from the first time I seen her at the Broadway Market almost 30 years ago! I'm so glad to see her getting some deserved recognition, well done.

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