The Grease Pole Festival is one of the more unusual events that takes place in the city. The celebration surrounds an activity that pits teams against one-another by greasing a telephone pole and seeing who can reach the top by climbing on the backs of teammates. At the top of the pole there are prizes.
All told, it’s a feat of strength, conditioning, determination, agility and lunacy. It’s also one of the dirtiest competitions that anyone would want to enter into. The grease pole festival, also known as “El Paolo Ensebao”, is run by Pucho, Inc. and the Olivencia Community Center, and has become an institution for the Latino community. In fact, this is the 44th Annual Grease Pole Festival – its longevity helps to draw large crowds that attend to listen to live ethnic music (salsa, reggaeton, merengue, and bachata) and scope out artists that travel from places such as New York City, Orlando, and Puerto Rico. Other than traditional food, drinks, dancing, costumes, etc., depending on the year there may also be a domino contest, a Three Kings Celebration (Puerto Rican folklore), a talent show and an eating contest.
44th Annual Grease Pole Festival – “El Paolo Ensebao”
July 19 – 21, 2013
Olivencia Community Center – 261 Swan Street, Buffalo, NY 14204
Times: Friday 5pm -11 pm
Saturday 12pm -11 pm
Sunday 12pm – 11pm