St. Patrick's Day Parade in Downtown Buffalo

March 20, 2011 Updated Mar 20, 2011 at 6:48 PM EDT

By WKBW News

March 20, 2011 Updated Mar 20, 2011 at 6:48 PM EDT

Buffalo (WKBW) The sound of bagpipes echoed through the streets, as it was a day for all of Buffalo to be Irish. The annual St. Patrick's Day parade took over downtown Buffalo on Sunday.

Patrick Parmeter is home in Buffalo for a visit, and made sure to make it to the parade. "I tell all my friends in Chicago, they've got nothing on Buffalo. Buffalo knows how to put on a St. Patrick's Day parade."

Dave Bisalvo is a veteran of parades in Buffalo. "It's phenomenal. A beautiful day, great people having a great time," he said.

The green went on for miles as onlookers flocked to Delaware Avenue for the Queen City tradition. Local politicians were among the many who marched.

"It's a great celebration of the Irish heritage, and just a beautiful day for Western New York," Congressman Brian Higgins said.

Mayor Byron Brown added that days like Sunday made him proud to be Mayor of Buffalo.

"It's a great day to be in Buffalo. There are literally thousands of people out here, from all across Buffalo and Western New York. Only in Buffalo is there this kind of enthusiasm and excitement," Brown said.

The parade had all the classics, including floats, bands, and of course, plenty of Irish dancers.

The Eyewitness News team marched in the parade, including Kieth Radford, Jennifer Stanonis, and Ed Reiley.

With a little luck of the Irish, the weather even cooperated, making this year's parade an all time classic.