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Seventh Citybration to celebrate the waterfront

The seventh annual Buffalo Citybration, a celebration to showcase the city's assets, will be held Thursday through Sunday.

This year's celebration focuses on Buffalo's waterfront and is expected to be bigger than ever, packing 17 events into four days.

Marti Gorman, executive director of Citybration, says the waterfront is emerging as one of Buffalo's top draws.

"It's made such great strides that we want to showcase it," she said. "Many people don't even know our downtown is on the waterfront. It's a very beautiful asset."

Citybration is a grass-roots event, with the work done by volunteers and without public funding. This year, there are 78 volunteers working on the 17 events.

Gorman said she doesn't know of another event like Citybration, especially in Buffalo.

"This is our celebration, our city and our party," she said. "We need to celebrate Buffalo."

The daily features include:

*Thursday: Buffalo waterfront photography contest and exhibit opening; music by Buffalo Shuffle & the American Side; twilight tours of mansions; and Buffalo River ferry tours.

*Friday: Sunset reception at City Hall; hot-air balloon rides on the outer harbor; and tours downtown and along the Erie Canal Harbor, among other locations.

*Saturday: Tour of six of Buffalo's upscale downtown condominiums, lofts and suites, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; "Scanvenger" hunt; floating cocktail party and boat parade; 24-hour music festival; and the Ride for Roswell 2012.

*Sunday: First Citybration 5K Race & Fun Run; Cheerios vs. Chicken Wing Challenge on the Boardwalk; Citybration Festival at Canalside; and Buffalo Public School Alumni Reunion.

Visit citybration.com for more details.

email: jharris@buffnews.com