HAMTRAMCK (WWJ) – Bakers in Hamtramck are working around the clock in preparation for Paczki day.
Dave Tinney drove 30 minutes each way from Fairhaven to the new Martha Washington Bakery in Hamtramck just to pick up four dozen paczki.
He tells WWJ’s Sandra McNeill that although he’s Irish, but he’s been eating paczki for a long time.
“For fifty-two years,” said Tinney. “These make me feel great.”
And much like the saying, “everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s day,” bakery owner Sandy Beckage says everyone is Polish on paczki day.
“Everybody’s Polish for this one day but what is so nice is everybody’s happy.”
Beckage says that Paczki day is more popular than ever – she says she doesn’t count them, she just keeps making them.
Ed White of Warren likes to indulge on Fat Tuesday, “cause they’re filling and they are filled with all kind of things that aren’t good for me, like cream and butter, all kinds of stiff I don’t need.”
If you don’t have an order in at this bakery – you are out of luck, because they’ve already sold out for Fat Tuesday.
Working on very little sleep over the past 48 hours, she’s not saying how many she’s eaten and she’s not giving out the recipe either.
In French, Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday. It’s a day many indulge in sweets before the fasting season of Lent begins, known as Ash Wednesday.