2015 Recap: WNY celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in March

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — As residents warmed up from the coldest February in history in western New York, they geared up to celebrate the upcoming spring.

They did so in style at the St. Patrick’s Day parade, the gallery of which generated quite a bit of traffic on WIVB.com. Thousands showed up for the popular parade, including some of News 4’s own talent. Check out photos from the famous event here. 

Another gallery that drew attention was the rare occurrence of the Northern Lights making an appearance in western New York. You can check out shots of the sights here. 

Despite the melting snow, it wasn’t all good news in the month of March. The top viewed story of the month centered around what police described as a twisted case.

Four locals faced arrest and charges for the alleged rape of a pre-teen in Cattaraugus County. Those who investigated the case each came away changed, police said.

“Horrendous,” Salamanca Police Chief Troy Westfall said about the acts in question. “It took a toll on all who were part of the investigation.”

The massive interest in that story centered around the welfare of the child in question, who police said has been removed far from the home and is receiving care and counselling. 

All in all, more than 4,700,000 readers visited WIVB.com in March of 2015.

Click here to follow along with News 4 as we take a look back at news in Buffalo in 2015.

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