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2019 could be the last Old First Ward St. Patrick's Day Parade

Posted: 3:00 PM, Feb 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-27 17:55:54-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The last Old Neighborhood St. Patrick's Day Parade could be happening in just a few weeks.

"This year the parade was really in jeopardy," Peg Overdorf, the parade organizer, said.

The issue is money. Overdorf said expenses keep raising.

"Money. It's all about money," she said.

The parade costs about $17,000 to run. With fewer volunteers and donations, that's become an increasingly difficult target to reach.

Volunteers are also hard to come by as the fundraising efforts become more difficult each year.

"They saw that they were doing a lot of work for no return," Overdorf said.

In fact, the parade this year almost didn't happen.

"This year they wanted to quit that parade. I encouraged them let's do it one more time," Overdorf said.

There is a fundraiser March 9th before the parade on March 16th.

If you want to help, you can make a donation to the Valley Community Association or volunteer. You can find more information on the parade website .