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Drowning of Marzanna
March 25, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
PACIM would like to invite you to the symbolic celebration of the Drowning of Marzanna in the Mississippi, accompanied by hearty food (bigos and grilled kiełbasa), beer, mulled wine, games, and other attractions. Kids of all ages are welcome. The event is free.
Bigos in take-home 32oz containers will be available for sale at the end of the event for $15.
You can also pre-order a container of bigos here:
Riverfront Regional Park
5100 East River Rd
Fridley, MN, 55432
1:00 PM The doors are open
Making Marzanna dolls
Music & Games
Food available for purchase:
- Bigos, grilled kiełbasa, cake
- Soft drinks, beer, wine
3:00 PM Marzanna Parade to Mississippi
3:30 PM Take-home bigos sale
Drowning of Marzanna (Topienie Marzanny) is an old tradition that usually takes place around the Spring Equinox. Marzanna is the Polish incarnation of the old Slavic goddess associated with the end of winter and the arrival of spring. Dating back to medieval times, the seasonal rite involved making a Marzanna effigy out of straw and sticks, which was then wrapped in rugs and decorated with ribbons and beads. The effigy was then burned and drowned to symbolize her demise and renewal of life in the coming spring.