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Buffalo makes Travel + Leisure's St. Patrick's Day guide

While Buffalo has recently become known for its refugee and immigrant influences from Africa and Asia, the city still loves the cultural heritages that have shaped its identity for the last two centuries.

Though St. Patrick's Day in Buffalo may be synonymous, for some, with throngs of teenagers congregating on Delaware Avenue, an abundance of examples around the city prove that the Irish holiday hasn't lost all of its authenticity.

New York City-based travel magazine Travel + Leisure included Buffalo and Niagara Falls on its guide for "Where to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day," written by Melanie Lieberman. The article, which mentions 12 cities across the world, highlights Buffalo's pair of parades - one in the Old Neighborhood as well as the larger gathering on Delaware Avenue - plus events like the Shamrock Run (and the unmentioned Guinness Toast, which filled the Buffalo Irish Center with revelry last weekend).

Not to be left out, Niagara Falls organizes the world's shortest St. Patrick's Day parade, a 75-step jaunt along Old Falls Street, while the physical falls turn green for 15 minutes to recognize the holiday, Lieberman adds.

One of the costumed parade participants at the 2016 Old Neighborhood St. Patrick's Day Parade. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News file photo)

The St. Patrick's Day Parade was one of the first entrants into the 100 Things Every WNYer Should Do at Least Once; read Mary Kunz Goldman's piece on Irish dancers, St. Patrick and more.

*Related content:
- Mulville's gallery of the Old Neighborhood Parade
- Smiles at the Delaware Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade in '16
- Smiles at the Old Neighborhood Parade from '16
- Smiles at the 2016 Shamrock Run
- Scenes from the shortest St. Patrick's Day parade
- Buffalo tops travel magazine's 'favorite cities' list

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