(La Porte, IN) - There’s going to be a Dyngus Day in La Porte this year, but with one major change.
No buses will be running to take people from bar to bar as they have done in the over 30-years tavern owners in LaPorte have taken part in the festivities held annually the day after Easter.
Howie Hunsley, owner Dick’s Bar and member of the Dyngus Day Committee, said fear of spreading COVID-19 is behind the decision by participating tavern owners not to provide buses.
“It would be hard to control the buses on how many people get on and stuff. We can control each of our own taverns along the route but trying to control how many people get on the bus at this spot and how may get on at the next spot, that's where we kind of got into do we really want to possibly cause a problem,” he said. Hunsley emphasized Dyngus Day participants should bring a designated driver since no buses will be taking them bar hopping this year.
Dyngus Day is scheduled April 5. Eight bars are participating in the festivities. Dyngus Day was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.