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Despite parade cancellation, 'business as usual' for Chippewa bars

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Posted at 1:56 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 14:47:44-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It will be business as usual on Chippewa Street in downtown Buffalo Sunday, despite the decision to cancel the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

Most bars will be open at noon and stay open throughout the day, said Tim Walton, assistant manager at VENU/Bottoms Up.

The parade, which was scheduled to start at 2 p.m., draws tens of thousands of people downtown every year, giving many downtown bars the major boost they need to survive the slower months of the year.

There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus/COVID-19 in Western New York. Organizers of Buffalo's main parade and the St. Patrick's Day Parade in the Old First Ward said they are canceling the traditions this year out of an abundance of caution.