St. Patrick’s Day is one of the biggest (drinking) holidays in Buffalo Niagara. From parades to parties to green beer, there’s always something going on, and always something to imbibe, during the St. Patty’s season.
by Meg Bennett
The 27th Annual “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 14th will have over 100 marching groups including bands, floats, Irish dancers, family clans, vintage cars, social clubs, fire departments, police officers & more
St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, and there are many different ways to join in the festivities. Take a look at some of the St. Patrick’s Day 2020 highlights below:
Feast and drink in the Old First Ward
St. Patrick’s Day would not be complete without Irish grub! Head over to Gene McCarthy’s Old First Ward Brewing Company, where you will enjoy fresh in-house brews, Grilled Reuben, Corned Beef and Cabbage, and plenty of local favorites. Or stop by Adolf’s Tavern, where you will find daily drink specials ($12 buckets of beer, for example), big screen TVs, the Guinness Braised Banger, and fried haddock dipped in house-brewed Killian’s Irish Red batter. It’s hard to feel lucky on an empty stomach, so come and warm your belly while holiday spirits are high!
Gene McCarthy’s is located at 73 Hamburg Street in Buffalo. Hours are Sunday through Friday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (The kitchen is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.) Visit www.genemccarthys.com for more information. Adolf’s Tavern is located at 555 South Park Avenue in Buffalo. Hours are from noon to 2 a.m. More information can be found at www.555tavern.com.
Onion and Pearl are unhappily married and plotting against each other. Meanwhile, their kids are beginning to exhibit signs of some pretty odd behavior. Come and enjoy this black comedy at Irish Classical Theatre Company, which exposes the “hollow aspirations of modern life,” in intimate in-the-round seating which never extends farther than ten feet from the stage! This production will be available from March 6th to 29th on select days.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.irishclassical.com/the-onion-game.
Enjoy fresh in-house brews, Grilled Reuben, Corned Beef and Cabbage, and plenty of other local St. Patrick’s Day favorites at Gene McCarthy’s
Clann Na Cara Irish Dance at the Eagle House on Saturday, March 14th
Gaelic for “A Family of Friends,” Clann Na Cara is a local, national, and internationally-recognized dancing studio that has been around for well over a decade. The studio will be performing at the Eagle House Restaurant at 4:15 p.m. Stop in for some Irish favorites like Corned Beef and Cabbage and Dinglefish Pie (in addition to Eagle House’s usual menu). These specials will be available until Tuesday, March 17th. Mark your calendar now!
For more information on the Eagle House, please visit www.eaglehouseonline.com.
The 27th Annual “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 14th
This celebration will take place in the historic Buffalo River Community, hosted by the Valley Community Association. Starting at noon, there will be over 100 marching groups, including bands, floats, Irish dancers, family clans, vintage cars, social clubs, fire departments, police officers and more. Following the parade, there will be a hooley (a celebration featuring traditional live music, food and drink) at the Valley Community Center.
The parade will travel down South Park Avenue, Smith Street, Elk Street, Hamburg Street, and South Street.The Hooley at the Valley Community Center is located at 93 Leddy Street. For more information, please visit www.valleycommunityassociation.xyz/annual-old-neighborhood-st-patricks-day-parade.
Those arms ain’t goin’ nowheres: Clann Na Cara performing traditional Irish dance
Hosted by the United Irish American Association, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is family-friendly and honors both St. Patrick and Irish contributions to the Buffalo Niagara region. The parade begins at 2 p.m. on Delaware Avenue and travels north to North Street. Grab your family, your friends, and your green garb and get ready to party Buffalo-style!
For more information, please visit www.buffalostpatricksdayparade.com.
Get Out There & Get Your Irish On
Are you getting excited for the holiday? Don’t forget to mark your calendar! Come and join thousands of locals in celebration of a rich culture that has added so much to the Buffalo Niagara region. Whether you come out for the cultural experience, a religious tradition, or neighborly fun, have fun and stay safe this 2020 season. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!