BUFFALO, NY -- Hundreds to thousands of people came to the Dyngus Day capital of World to celebrate the end of Lent. 

The 12th annual Dyngus Day parade kicked off in Buffalo Monday afternoon. 

More than 150 organizations registered to be apart of the event which included polka music, traditional dress and polish food. 

The procession began in front of the Corpus Christi Church and circled around Buffalo's Polonia District. 

Lori Kubik told Spectrum News the day is an opportunity to celebrate and educate the next generation about Polish culture. 

"It is important," said Kubik. "It's nice to know where they come from and to know this was traditionally the neighborhood where the polish people, the immigrants came from and developed this area."

The Dyngus Day holiday has been celebrated in Eastern Europe for generations.