PARMA, Ohio — This year, Rudy’s Strudel’s annual Paczki Day celebration will find a Mardi Gras theme, featuring specialty paczki releases, traditional Polish dishes and live music. The party will start at 5 a.m. on March 1.
“It’s New Orleans meets Warsaw,” Lidia Trempe, owner of Rudy’s Strudel, said in a press release. “Beads and Babushkas of Bourbon Street.”
Every year, Trempe releases an exclusive paczki flavor on Paczki Day, and this year the flavor is “Porco Hurricane Paczki,” inspired by the New Orleans hurricane cocktail served at the Porco Tiki Lounge, according to a release from hurry.
Hurricane Paczki debuted at Porco Lounge on February 10 and will be available to order at Rudy’s Strudel on March 1, along with a range of other flavors, according to a press release. Sweet paczki include lemon, plum, sweet cream, strawberry, and custard, while savory paczki include kraut and kielbasa, as well as potato and cheese.
Other dishes (mainly Polish pastries and pierogi) will also be available to order at Rudy’s. Barabicu will serve smoked barbecue dishes at the event, and Fat Head’s Brewery will supply the beer and hurricanes, according to a press release.
Trempe said she plans to prepare 70,000 paczki for Paczki Day. The annual celebration has been held for almost a decade and usually draws massive crowds to the small bakery in Parma.
The party will include music performed by DJs Max Payola and Michael Stutz of The Current Year Records and Tapes, which shares the building with Rudy’s Strudel. DJs will focus on polka, zydeco and Mardi Gras dance favorites, according to a press release. Tom Mroczka and his band will also perform live polka from 1-4 p.m.
“The people of Cleveland never really had a place to go to celebrate Mardi Gras,” Marie Stutz, co-owner of The Current Year, said in a press release. “We decided to change that. Mardi Gras is an all-day party, so we start at five in the morning and we’ll go all day – until we run out of paczki and hurricanes.
Street parking is available on the side streets of Ridge Road near Rudy’s Strudel at 5580 Ridge Road. Find more information on the Paczki Day 2022 Facebook event.
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