Marching Double Time

Buffalo loves St. Patrick’s Day. I mean really loves St. Patrick’s Day. To the point that we have not one, but two parades.

The first is the “Old Neighborhood” parade on March 15 at noon. This parade is gloriously loose, with “clans” of family members, steelworkers riding a giant I-beam, bagpipers and Irish dancers making their way through Buffalo’s blue-collar, historically Irish Old First Ward neighborhood. A pro tip from a veteran parade goer – get there an hour early, grab a few donuts from Mazurk’s Bakery (in operation since 1933) and set up shop at the corner of South Park Avenue and Hamburg Street.

The larger – and, arguably, flashier – of the two parades takes place the next day, March 16 at 2 p.m. It travels along Buffalo’s stately Delaware Avenue from Niagara Square to North Street, conveniently intersecting two of the city’s larger bar districts along the way – Chippewa Street and Allentown. Expect tens of thousands of revelers in full-on party mode.

If you’re in Buffalo this weekend, I’ll see you out there! Sláinte!