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Parade to air later on TV

When kilted bagpipers and dancers doing Irish jigs trek down Delaware Avenue on March 15, Buffalo's cable television franchise will once again tape the popular event for later airing.

Time Warner Cable eased lingering concerns Friday when it announced that it will continue to provide free production services to organizers of the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Last year, the company warned parade coordinators that its ability to cover future events would be limited. Time Warner officials urged event organizers to pursue other options, including working with video crews from the city's public access channels.

But the company has had a change of heart.

"We will continue to dedicate resources to taping the St. Patrick's Day Parade, as it is a widely attended event," said Robin L. Wolfgang, Time Warner's vice president of government and public affairs.

Organizers from the United Irish-American Association of Erie County said they are relieved, noting that thousands of people have come to enjoy watching the festivities at home.

"There are a lot of people -- whether they be senior citizens or people in other situations who can't get here," said Brigid Knott, the event's entry secretary. "They deserve to be able to see their grandchildren and others march in the parade."

As was the case last year, the parade will be aired later on Buffalo's public access channels. Until 2008, people could watch the event on Time Warner's Channel 13. But 15 months ago, the company launched a sports network on the channel.

The parade will start at 2 p.m. South Buffalo resident David J. Tilley has been elected grand marshal. Tilley has picked his father, James, and brother, Kevin, to be his deputy grand marshals.

"We have a lot of schools participating," Knott said. "A lot of high school bands have come in."

For parade entry information, call 875-0282 or e-mail uiaaparade@aol.com.

e-mail: bmeyer@buffnews.com

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