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Buffalo St. Patrick's Day parades canceled, smaller events planned

Posted at 12:35 AM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 00:35:46-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — For the second straight year, both of Buffalo's St. Patrick Day parades are canceled because of COVID-19.

“Two years in a row we can’t celebrate our heritage,” said Peg Overdorf, the CEO of the Valley Community Association, the group that runs the "old neighborhood" St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Just because a parade won't be marching through the Old First Ward or up Delaware Avenue, doesn't mean there won't be options to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

The Buffalo Irish Center will still have festivities. It will be serving an Irish breakfast and corned beef in the afternoon. It’s also hosting a virtual concert.

The Valley Community Association will be serving up food as well.

“There we’re going to offer corn beef dinners to the public at our little banquet facility called the Tewksbury Lodge and Restaurant, 249 Ohio Street,” added Overdorf.