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BY: Catherine Miller | March 04, 2014

SOUTH BUFFALO - There’s much to choose from - Celtic music and dancing, parades, post-parties, corned beef specials and more. Whether you are Irish all year or just in mid-March, there is something for everyone during St. Patrick’s Day weekend in the Buffalo area.

South Buffalo being the hometown to the largest group of people hailing from Irish immigrants, the streets in the area will be bustling with activity.

Friday, March 14 from 5-8 pm you will find Larkinville, at the intersection of Seneca and Swan Streets, getting their green on as they present “Live at O’Larkin”. Live music, dance, Irish food and beer along with an array of food trucks will surround Larkin District’s hotspot. McCarthyizm and Crikwater will entertain throughout the event, along with the Clann Na Cara School of Irish Dance and the Greater Buffalo Firefighters Pipes and Drum band. The event is free and open to the public.

The Buffalo Irish Center, which is always a center of activity during St. Patrick’s honored weekend will continue its tradition of hosting several events. Friday the Irish Center will bring to the stage the musical stylings of Callahan, Daly and Jones from 8 pm to midnight. Enjoy the Celtic tunes that will have you dancing a jig and singing along. There is no cover charge for the Friday evening event. Saturday will be a daylong schedule of activities at the Irish Center starting at 11 am with live music beginning at 3 pm. Sunday will continue the party as the Irish Center celebrates parade day starting at 1 pm with live music and Irish step dancing. Located at 245 Abbott Road, the Buffalo Irish Center continues to be one of the most popular spots to celebrate the Ireland’s favorite holiday.

Saturday, March 15, the Old Neighborhood Parade will kick off at noon. Watch as Buffalo’s finest bands, unions and Irish dancers travel the historic streets filled with Irish roots and memories. The route will travel South Park Avenue, Elk Street, Hamburg Street and O’Connell Avenue. Immediately following the parade join the Valley Community Center clan as they host the post-parade Irish Hooley party at 93 Leddy Street complete with Irish food, fun and live music.

Many of your favorite Irish bands will be busy throughout the weekend traveling between events. Most of the favorite local pubs, Irish and non-Irish, will be featuring food and drink specials along with entertainment. Visit their websites for the latest in information.

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