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Thousands attend downtown Buffalo parade

Posted at 6:23 PM, Mar 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-20 23:11:00-04

It was certainly a cold, but beautiful day for a parade on Sunday! 

Delaware Avenue was packed along the parade route. Officials said between 70,000 and 80,000 attended the event. Most who've attended the parade before saw traditional bagpipers, Irish dancers and plenty of green.

7 Eyewitness News also had a good showing! You may have recognized Keith Radford, Jeff Russo, Ashley Rowe, and Shawn Stepner to name a few.

New this year, those marching in the parade weren't allowed to toss candy or beads to spectators. Officials said its to prevent children from getting injured. Spectators we spoke to didnt mind the change.

It's quite enjoyable because it's a nice family thing, said Joyce Burke. You always see something new. It was really nice. I really enjoyed myself. The weather was great. So, that's pretty awesome...for Buffalo, added Lyneshia Ford. I always appreciate culture, period. Irish culture, Polish culture, Buffalo's very cultured. I'm glad to be from Buffalo for that fact. But, you know, man, I love going to museums. I love experiencing different things, said Derek Middlebrooks. 

According to Buffalo Police, only a handful were arrested for disorderly conduct. They also issued 40 tickets for violation of the open container law. 

Sunday's parade also left behind a fair share of trash. According to a spokesman for the City of Buffalo , the Department of Public Works handles the clean up. The spokesman said routes are already planned. That includes at Delaware Avenue and Chippewa Street where crews are expected to remove trash at 3 AM on Monday.