Festival Season Underway in Buffalo

June 1, 2012 Updated Jun 1, 2012 at 11:15 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

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June 1, 2012 Updated Jun 1, 2012 at 11:15 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Despite the rain Friday, tens of thousands came to downtown Buffalo to take part in the many activities happening this weekend in the Queen City.

A sure sign that summer has arrived is the blocked-off street downtown, being made into make-shift basketball courts for the annual 3-on-3 Gus Macker Basketball Tournament, which is one of the largest in the country.

Over at the ballpark, more than 24,000 people piled in for the 14th annual Taste of Country. And even with the rain, the sell-out crowd seemed to enjoy every minute of the all-star music line-up that included the Eli Young Band, Joe Nichols and Eric Church.

The there was the party of all parties in Buffalo. The 14th Annual 'M.A.S.H. Bash' at the American Red Cross on Delaware Avenue.

The annual fundraising event, which is co-sponsored by WKBW-DT, is more than just one of the most popular events of the summer. It also helps one of the most trusted humanitarian organizations in the nation.

"People enjoy working for the Red Cross or feeling like they're supporting the Red Cross...they know what we do, I think people want to support what we do and I think this way they can do it while having a great time themselves," said Communications Coordinator Jay Bonafede.