Crews clearing away snow for St. Patrick’s Day parades

BUFFALO, N,Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Department of Public Works will be busy over the next couple of days clearing the way for the tens of thousands of people that will line the streets on St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

This week’s blizzard dumped more snow on the city and the wind created giant snow drifts on the side of the streets and sidewalks. Commissioner Steven Stepniak said the focus first will be on the route of the “Old Neighborhood” parade that steps off Saturday at noon in South Buffalo.

A crew was out Friday afternoon on South Park Avenue clearing snow. Later Friday night the focus will return to Delaware Avenue to clear the way for the larger St. Patrick’s Day parade that starts at 2 p.m.

The Grand Marshal of the downtown parade isn’t worried about the weather. He says the parade has always had the luck of the Irish.

Chris Laffler said, “I’m the 74th Grand Marshal. We’ve had 73 parades. It’s Buffalo. We’ve had all kinds of weather. The people will come. It’s a parade. They’ll be there.”

But public works crews aren’t the only ones preparing for St. Patrick’s Day. The Valley Community Association is also going green and cooking non-stop, preparing 200 pounds of potatoes and 400 pounds of corned beef.

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