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Paczki put the 'fat' in Detroit's Fat Tuesday celebrations

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HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (WJBK) - On Fat Tuesday, the last day of revelry and indulgence before Lent, many celebrate Paczki Day. The centerpiece of the day is the paczki, an incredibly rich and caloric take on the doughnut designed to use up the last of the lard, sugar and eggs in the household before the fasting of Lent begins.

And in metro Detroit, there's no better place to indulge in paczki than in the once-predominantly Polish community of Hamtramck.

Paczki Day in Hamtramck: Sugar, music and libations

Hundreds packed places like the New Martha Washington Bakery and the New Palace Bakery on Joseph Campau to purchase the treats that come in a range of flavors from strawberry to chocolate to lemon custard.

Hamtramck bakery preparing for 'Fat Tuesday'

New Palace Bakery baker Vicky says a new flavor is being rolled out this year: Strawberry Chocolate Delight.

A typical paczki contains approximately 400 calories and at least 25 grams of fat -- roughly equivalent to a double cheeseburger at McDonald's.

In fitness terms, for every paczki eaten you'd have to put in one high-impact aerobic session or walk two miles in 30 minutes.

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