Paczki en All about paczki: The Polish jelly donut that ate the Midwest <p>The day before Ash Wednesday has many names &mdash; Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras. Shrove Tuesday.</p><p>But all over the Midwest, it&rsquo;s become known as Paczki Day.</p><p>From Green Bay, Wis., to Lorain, Ohio, from Calumet City, Ind., to Hamtramck, Mich., people are snapping up the jelly donuts that have their roots in Polish cuisine.</p><p><a href=",0,5655689.story">One Chicago bakery alone</a> expects to sell 80,000 paczkis, so we&rsquo;re going to go out on a limb and predict there may be millions sold in the Midwest on Tuesday.</p><p>Changing Gears has been taking a look at <a href="">immigrant traditions and culture</a> across the Midwest, but the paczki seems to have transcended its beginnings and become a pre-Lenten staple. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 16:36:34 +0000 Micki Maynard 6298 at All about paczki: The Polish jelly donut that ate the Midwest Paczki photos (no calories if you just look) <p>Our afternoon host Mike Perini sent along these Paczki photos in honor of Fat Tuesday.</p><p>He took them at Zingerman&#39;s Bakery and at Copernicus European Delicatessen in Ann Arbor.</p><p>Mike says feel free to enjoy these &quot;zero calorie&quot; photos!</p><p>Tomorrow, some lent recipes to counter those Fat Tuesday calories. Tue, 08 Mar 2011 22:25:18 +0000 Mark Brush 1557 at Paczki photos (no calories if you just look) Mardi Gras LIVE! <p>It&#39;s Fat Tuesday, and while many of us are toiling away at work, others are gearing up to &#39;act a fool&#39; in New Orleans.</p><p>The New Orleans Times-Picayune has a collection of live webcams on <a href=""></a>.</p><p>On &quot;parade cam&quot; we&#39;ll be able to catch the Rex Parade starting at 10 a.m. <a href="">The Rex Parade</a> is one of many parades taking place today. Here&#39;s a description of the parade from their website:</p><blockquote><p>The Rex Procession has been the highlight of Mardi Gras day since the Rex Organization was formed and first paraded in 1872. While there had been celebrations in many forms on Mardi Gras before that time, the Rex Parade gave a brilliant daytime focus to the festivities, and provided a perfect opportunity for Rex, King of Carnival, to greet his city and his subjects.</p></blockquote><p><span class="GalleryCaption">The theme for this year&#39;s Rex Parade is &quot;This Sceptred Isle.&quot;</span></p><p><span class="GalleryCaption">It kicks off at 10 a.m.</span> (it looks a little wet there today):</p><p><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase=",0,47,0" height="369" id="flashObj" width="435"><param name="movie" value="" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="flashVars" value="videoId=802229759001&amp;playerID=635323433001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAPLMIM-k~,Ku2jCFpRWeud-Up62Cq79D72_1e2XXSn&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" /><param name="base" value="" /><param name="seamlesstabbing" value="false" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="swLiveConnect" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" base="" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashvars="videoId=802229759001&amp;playerID=635323433001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAPLMIM-k~,Ku2jCFpRWeud-Up62Cq79D72_1e2XXSn&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" height="369" name="flashObj" pluginspage="" seamlesstabbing="false" src="" swliveconnect="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="435"></embed></object></p><p>The Rex Parade will be followed by the parade by the Elks Krewe of Orleanians, and then the Crescent City parade. Enjoy!</p><p>By the way, have you ever been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? If you can keep it clean, share your experiences with us below! Tue, 08 Mar 2011 14:06:31 +0000 Mark Brush 1544 at Mardi Gras LIVE! Detroit gets ready to gorge on paczki <pre> This Tuesday is Fat Tuesday, the last day before the 40 days of sacrifice that come with the Christian season of Lent. But in Metro Detroit and other communities with large Polish populations, the day is better known as &ldquo;Paczki Day.&rdquo; Sandy Bakic has spent her whole life making the fried, doughy pastries at the Martha Washington Bakery in <a href="">Hamtramck</a>. That small enclave is the historic center of Detroit&rsquo;s Polish community. Bakic says the day has become a festival for everyone in Hamtramck, regardless of race or religion. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s going to be festive. It&rsquo;s gonna be a happy time. There&rsquo;s paczki parties all over town. There&rsquo;s paczki eating contests still going on. The Paczki Cup is in our window on display right now.&rdquo; Bakic says she and other employees have been making the sweet treats since midnight Monday. The bakery will stay open all night to serve paczki-seekers from all over southeast Michigan. Hamtramck also celebrates with a Paczki Day parade, lots of free entertainment, and a generally party-like atmosphere. </pre> <p> Mon, 07 Mar 2011 22:35:24 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 1538 at Detroit gets ready to gorge on paczki