Snow, cold, pandemic can't keep Metro Detroiters from paczki

Buy PhotoShelby Township resident Lehi McClenn, 26, waits to pick up her order of paczki from New Palace Bakery in Hamtramck on Fat Tuesday, Feb.

To help keep the community staple alive, Wayne County Economic Development Corp. awarded a $15,000 Michigan Small Business Survival Grant to the bakery.

Anetta Norwood’s car was stuck in snow Tuesday morning but the Detroit resident's motivation to continue her tradition of grabbing paczki persisted.

It's celebrated the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which begins the Lenten season, a 40-day period leading up to Easter when many Christians give up indulgences.

Preparing for Ash Wednesday, Polish families traditionally emptied their pantries of temptations such as sugar and butter, baking the ingredients into a doughnut-type dessert they named paczki.

Buy PhotoEmployee Vesna Krstevski, in red, waits on customers at New Martha Washington Bakery in Hamtramck, Mich. on Paczki Day, Feb. 16, 2021.

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