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Dyngus Day 2017: Here are five places to celebrate in Tampa Bay

Get out the water guns, because today is Dyngus Day.

Not familiar? Dyngus Day is a big Polish-American celebration that involves people throwing water over each other and sometimes some light spanking with pussy willow branches.

If you're still unclear, you might want to ask a friend from Buffalo, Cleveland or South Bend, Indiana, where the nation's largest Dyngus Day celebrations happen each year on the Monday after Easter.

"It's really fat Tuesday on the other side of Lent," is how the Dyngus Day Buffalo president explained it to Buffalo news station WIVB.

It's not as widespread here in Florida, but we were able to find a few Dyngus Day celebrations in the Tampa Bay area.

Buffalo City Bar and Grill: Celebrating Dyngus Day in St. Petersburg for the 21st year, this party features music by KitchinSynk Polk DJ and the Florida Honky Polka Band. 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., no no cover, 5631 Park St. N, St. Petersburg, https://www.facebook.com/events/1181254781971782

Crabby Bill's Seafood: The restaurant invites guests to "join us in the Loading Dock ... for food specials, polka music, and one HUGE water fight!" No "water bullies or crabby people" invited. 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 401 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, https://www.facebook.com/crabbybillsseafood/posts/1276858542362072

St. Petersburg Polish American Society: Wear white and red for a Buffalo-style Polish celebration with pussy willows, cash bar and polka dancing to music by Nu Soundz. A traditional meal of kielbasa, sourkrout, pierogies and bread is available for an additional $7. Admission is $10 at the door. 1343 Beach Drive SE, St. Petersburg, http://www.tampabay.com/things-to-do/event-detail/dyngus-day-celebration/215727

Captain Bill's Beach Kitchen: It's the restaurant's one year anniversary celebration and Dyngus Day celebration rolled into one. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., no cover, 145 107th Ave., Treasure Island, https://www.facebook.com/events/1387110921353172

Landing Bar & Grill: Celebrate Dyngus day with "authentic Polish food, squirt guns and pussy willow branches, music and more." 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., no cover, 4351 Lynx Paw Trail, Valrico, https://www.facebook.com/events/1885004098451097

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