Thousands crowd Delaware Ave. for St. Patrick's Day Parade

VIDEO: See what it was like at the annual tradition

Tim Wenger
March 19, 2017 - 5:44 pm

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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - There are few traditions in Buffalo taken more seriously than the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.  With the temperature hovering around 40 degrees in little evidence of the snow storm that dogged the 716 earlier in the week, tens of thousands gathered along Delaware Avenue as floats and dignitaries paraded up Delaware Avenue from Niagara Square to North Street.

The entire parade route was lined with crowds, but the intersections at Chippewa and Tupper were particularly swamped with a sea of green as spectators split their time between parade-watching and visiting bustling bars and street vendor stands.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown told WBEN, "it's a great week in the city of Buffalo with two great St. Patrick's Day parades, the NCAA tournament and now the biggest, one of the best St. Patrick's Day parades in the entire nation".  "It's an absolutely glorious day", the Mayor said.

Buffalo Police B District  Chief Joseph Gramaglia told WBEN the force was out and ready for the crowds and the streets department did an amazing job of having Delaware Avenue snow-free and safe.  Police report no serious incidents during the parade festivities Sunday.

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