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1) St. Patrick's Day parade, begins at 2 p.m. March 18 in Niagara Square and continues north along Delaware Avenue. Free to attend. Commentary: Employing a phrase of late college football announcer Keith Jackson, this parade is the "grand-daddy of them all," at least in terms of sheer size and participation. Run by the United Irish-American Association, based on Abbo…

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1) Benefit for Buffalo Irish Center, 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at 245 Abbott Road. Cost is $5 for 21+ and $7 for anyone under 21. Commentary: Established in 1970 as an Irish cultural hub in South Buffalo, the Irish Center has been remarkably active in the community - hosting everything from Irish dance troupes to ample local music to participating in major events such as the Old N…

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If you're in town for the NCAA with March 17 free, you've got the luck of the Irish. March 17 is St. Patrick's Day, and Buffalo is world-famous for its celebrations. The big Sunday parade isn't until March 19, but the actual feast day has its own festivities. This year it falls on a Friday, the start of the weekend. And on top of that, if you're Catholic, you don…

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An Irish Christmas sure sounds sweet. Think of Irish tenors. Irish coffee. Irish cream. Dreams will become reality on Dec. 8, when the Buffalo Irish Center welcomes "Irish Christmas in America: The Show." This traveling show is making the rounds of American cities, and we are lucky to be one of them. Now in its 12th season, the show includes history and humor. The show …

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Public schools. Playoff droughts. Potholes the size of swimming pools. Buffalo has its share of problems, but what’s never an issue is the city’s appreciation of a good party. Whether food, music or chasing people around with pussy willows, come up with a reason and Nickel City residents will crank their collective revelry dial to 11. For confirmation, see the start of wh…

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Sure, and you know it’s summer when the Buffalo Irish Center rolls out a chain of outdoor concerts.The Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, has announced a dandy series of concerts called “Thursdays Under the Tent.” The bands will play under a big tent, admission is free, and food trucks – including, it is whispered, the Guinness truck – are in…