A Sure Sign of Spring: St. Patrick's Day (and the festivities that surround this event)
With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Friday this year, festivities are sure to commence earlier in the month! Area restaurants and bars are sure to have green beer ready prior to Friday’s lunch crowd and happy hour enthusiasts.
New York City-based travel magazine, Travel + Leisure, included Buffalo and Niagara Falls on its guide for “Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day,” written by Melanie Lieberman. The article, which mentions 12 cities across the world, highlights Buffalo’s pair of parades - one in the Old Neighborhood as well as the larger gathering on Delaware Avenue (see below). Not to be left out, Niagara Falls organizes the world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade, a 75-step jaunt along Old Falls Street, while the physical falls turn green for 15 minutes to recognize the holiday, Lieberman adds.
Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 19th, for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Buffalo’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the biggest in the country! It has received numerous national and even international recognition. This will be the 77th year which makes Buffalo’s parade one of the longest running parades in the country. The parade starts at 2pm at Niagara Square and runs down Delaware Avenue ending at North Street. This year promises to be another exciting year featuring fire and law enforcement departments, social clubs, Irish dancers and marching bands. For more info about the parade visit: buffalostpatricksdayparade.com.
Here’s some suggestions on how to celebrate a time where “everyone is Irish”!
Shamrock Run 2017 - Distance 8K (4.97 miles)
Saturday March 4th 2017. Tentative Start Time: 12:00 PM. Registration: Old 1st Ward Community Center
62 Republic St (Gene McCarthy Way), Buffalo, NY 14204. Limited to 6,000 registrants. First 4,500 get a jacket! Awards given proportionately in each division. Awards to top Male/Female Winners. Post race Party at the OFW Center, includes refreshments, beer in beer tent (bib number need to enter) Non runners may enter for $10.
Essex Street Pub’s Buffalo Beard Competition
530 Rhode Island Street, Buffalo. Get ready for this annual facial hair competition starting Friday, 3/17 at 8pm. Join in on the fun complete with pipes & drums, Irish Dancers, corned beef specials and Jameson promos.
Geographically speaking, here’s our suggestions on where to go for your best Irish times this month:
Brennan’s Bowery & Bar - Since 1972, Brennan’s has brought the old NYC Irish tradition to the Buffalo area. Self proclaimed “King of the Wing”. The best kept secret in WNY and winner of the one and only “Corned Beef & Cabbage Cup” Award.
Shannon Pub - Our stage is host to some of the best Irish musicians from across the US, Canada and Ireland. Enjoy excellent home-cooked Irish specialties, including Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef & Cabbage, Irish Lamb Stew, Salmon, Gaelic Steaks ... and some delicious American food, including excellent chicken wings.
Gene McCarthy’s - Located in the historic Old First Ward, also home to Old First Ward Brewing Company. Enjoy an old time tavern built around the turn of century. Look for corned beef specials for lunch and dinner as well as drinks including our own beer. Check out the beer garden.
Coles - Buffalo’s friendliest dining and drinking emporium. Famous for its choice lunches, dinners, late-night snacks, wonderful Sunday brunches and banquets. Voted “Buffalo’s best micro brew selection” by BeerAdvocate.com and RateBeer.com - 36 on tap - 100 in bottles.