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St. Patrick's Day Weekend
Mayor Brown encourages families to attend parades and reminds all to celebrate responsibly
March 11, 2015 – As Buffalo’s two St. Patrick’s Day parades continue to grow in popularity and attendance, Mayor Byron Brown, the City of Buffalo Police Department (BPD), Common Council President Darius Pridgen, Fillmore District Council Member David Franczyk and South District Council Member Christopher Scanlon, joined by St. Patrick’s Day parade organizers and representatives from both the “Old Neighborhood Parade” in the Old First Ward and the downtown “Buffalo Saint Patrick’s Day Parade”, announced today that the city is again taking steps to ensure a safe and family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
“There’s no place like the City of Buffalo when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day traditions and celebrations,” said Mayor Brown. “We continue to take steps to further improve public safety to provide a festive, fun, and family-friendly atmosphere for all to enjoy, and we hope residents and visitors alike will join us in that effort.”
The "Old Neighborhood Parade", now in its 22nd year, takes place in the city's historic Old First Ward in South Buffalo on Saturday, March 14th. The older, larger "Buffalo Saint Patrick's Day Parade" – now entering its 73rd consecutive year and one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the nation - is scheduled for Sunday, March 15th along Delaware Avenue from Niagara Square to North Street.
DPW Commissioner Steven Stepniak recommended that, in anticipation of heavy crowds at both parades and limited parking, parade goers might want to consider car-pooling or taking public transportation. The Buffalo Police Department, in addition to increasing visibility and patrols, will closely monitor underage drinking, drinking and driving, and unruly behavior. City ordinance citations will be issued for open container and alcohol consumption violations and littering.
“St. Patrick’s Day Weekend is always a time to celebrate and enjoy, but we want everyone to be mindful of safety,” said Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda. “In partnership with the organizers of Buffalo’s two long-standing St. Patrick’s Day Parades, we are asking residents and visitors to take an active role in celebrating responsibly. To that end, we will be enforcing city laws when it comes to disruptive behavior, public drinking, underage drinking and intoxication.”
St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers and representatives from several block clubs echoed Mayor Brown’s call for a festive, fun, and family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day atmosphere for all to enjoy. They also commended Mayor Brown for rolling out a new partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications.
“We are so excited and thrilled about Mayor Brown introducing the Nextdoor app and have been using Nextdoor to talk neighbor to neighbor about the parade,” stated Laura Kelly, President of the Old First Ward Association. “Community members in our neighborhood were already using it and we are so proud the city has become a part of it.”
Jonathan White, President of the Allentown Association stated, “The Allentown historic district is in the heart of Buffalo and we welcome dozens of major events and festivals each year. We encourage families from throughout Western New York to come to our neighborhood for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade but also ask everyone to respect our residential character and to maintain an atmosphere that promotes safe and courteous behavior amidst our homes and businesses. I thank Mayor Brown and the City of Buffalo for working with us to ensure that both parades continue to celebrate Irish culture in a safe, friendly atmosphere for children and families to enjoy.”