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Start of Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival delayed Thursday

Buffalonians eager to see how the Galbani Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival will translate to the Outer Harbor will have to wait a little longer.

Originally slated for 11 a.m., the event has been pushed back to 5 p.m. Thursday due to heavy rains and flash flood warnings, the Buffalo Police Department announced on Twitter.

From Samantha Christmann's interview with Italian Festival organizer Mark Sciortino, the owner of Marco's Restaurant on Niagara Street, the shift in venue stemmed from the festival outgrowing Hertel Avenue, the host site for nearly 30 years.

According to Sciortino, the Outer Harbor alleviates logistical challenges posed by the previous site.

"[The Outer Harbor] is more condensed and easier to access," he said in the interview. "You're in the center of the event the entire time, rather than being on Colvin and something's going on on Delaware Avenue and you're missing it."

Stay tuned for further updates on how the weather will affect local events.

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