BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The downtown Buffalo St. Patrick’s Day parade stepped off Sunday from Niagara Square and stretched up Delaware Avenue to North Street. The United Irish American Association has been sponsoring this parade since 1940.
The only thing you could see more than the spectators’ breath rising in the crisp air was the sea of green rolling up Delaware Avenue.
“This is the best thing. The best,” said Jeff McArthur. “The parade is fantastic. I feel bad for the people who don’t come down here. You’re missing out on one of the best things in Buffalo.
People have been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Buffalo by hosting a parade, reportedly since the mid-1800s.
“I’m 21. I’ve been here every year since i was born,” one woman said.
And now the parade draws people not just from the queen city.
“I’m not from around here. I’m from Orange County, New York. But i will tell you I’m having the time of my life,” said Dominic Esposito.
“It’s awesome. It kicks the crap out of Rochester’s parade every year. I enjoy this one way more. I hope everyone’s having a good time and everyone’s just being responsible and being safe. And go Bills!” said Rochester native Kyle Arenn.
Everyone is Irish at the St. Paddy’s day parade.
That includes children on a float doing a little Irish jig, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, And various members of the News 4 team. Diana Fairbanks, Don Postles, Ed Drantch, Don Paul, Steve Vesey, Elysia Rodriguez, Jordan Williams and their families all marched.
The city of buffalo had to work extra hard and extra fast to make this year’s parade a success.
Wednesday’s blizzard left piles of snow that had to be moved before spectators lined the streets.
Parade goers were more than willing to put on an extra layer, an extra layer of green, to enjoy this queen city tradition.