Western New York Has The Luck Of The Irish

March 17, 2011 Updated Mar 17, 2011 at 2:22 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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March 17, 2011 Updated Mar 17, 2011 at 2:22 PM EDT


There are little Irish girls with bouncy hair and tapping feet and delicious Irish food and a special Irish "treat".

It's all part of St. Patrick's Day in the Queen City.

"St. Patrick's Day in Buffalo is huge. It's as big as in Belfast where I'm from. People hold on to their Irish Heritage," D'Arcy McGee Irish Pub General Manager Connor Hawkins said.

In South Buffalo, they boast about having a lot of Irishman there. They even labeled the area
"The Irish Heritage District".

"South Buffalo is amazing. They hold on to their heritage. You drive down the road you see street signs in the Irish language. You see houses with tri- color flags and shamrock flags," Hawkins said.

At D'Arcy McGee's Pub in downtown Buffalo, General Manager Connor Hawkins is serving up the good stuff and a bit more.

"Fish and chips, all stir fry, potato bread, soda bread black and white pudding. fried tomatoes," Hawkins said.

He also said it's not St. Patty's Day without a perfectly poured pint of Guiness.

Many people, including South Buffalo resident Raymond Ross, said they are proud of their heritage and they're not afraid to show it.

"It's nice. I'm going home now my wife is cooking up some corn beef and cabbage," Ross said.

For Buffalonians, it's not only a one day celebration but a nearly week long event. Hawkins said it just like being in Ireland.

"Buffalo is pretty crazy for St. Patrick' Day. They paint their faces green, they're hair green, they really get into the part," Hawkins said.

D'Arcy McGee's will hold events all weekend long.

The Old First Ward Parade will take place on Saturday at Noon. The grand finale is the Downtown Parade beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday. That parade makes the trek down Delaware Avenue.