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Fest marks lifting of ice boom

"Boom Days," celebrating the lifting of the ice boom and beginning of spring, will be celebrated in Buffalo on Friday and in Niagara Falls next Saturday.

Festivities will begin Friday at 4 p.m. at the Chief Petty Officers Club at the foot of Porter Avenue. Cannons will be fired from Old Fort Niagara and Old Fort Erie, and the ceremonial ice boom drop will utilize the Edward M. Cotter, the world's oldest active fireboat.

A party will follow, with food, beverages and fireworks. Buffalo's Rocket 88, featuring Terrie George, will supply music.

An Open Waterfront Forum will be sponsored by Buffalo Waterfront Alliance, and an array of booths and presenters will zone in on local waterfront history.

Saturday, LaSalle Pride will present the Niagara River Boom Days Festival with an open house from 6 to 10 p.m. at LaSalle Yacht Club, 73 South 68th St., Niagara Falls. Table service will be offered, with cash bar and exhibits.

Entertainment will be provided by Evergreen, Jim Marohn, the Fort Niagara Re-enactors, Cavalier LaSalle and Father Hennepin and the Marquis de Frontenac. For more information call 283-7394.

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