BUFFALO -- St. Patrick's Day got off to an early start with hundreds of green bagels for sale at Bagel Jay's and will continue well into the night with celebrations throughout the region.
Bright green bagels sold out by 9 a.m. at Bagel Jay's on Delaware Avenue. Owner Jay Gershberg estimated his three bagel stores have sold 8,000 green bagels since early this week.
"That's a big surprise," said Gershberg, who said green bagels usually last through the day. "This year they just flew. The stars were aligned for green bagels."
South End Floral owner Bob Rogan spent the morning arranging bouquets of flowers native to Ireland -- with a few green carnations thrown in.
"St. Patrick's Day is a lot of fun, especially being in South Buffalo," Rogan said. "It's like being in little Ireland. Everyone is so proud of their heritage."
See Rogan and other local merchants who specialize in St. Patrick's Day in this video:
Here's a round-up of some of the day's events:
Breakfast has already started at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, but you can join in on festivities that run until tonight. The annual Irish soda bread-making contest and live music start at 1 p.m. with Comhaltas and Kevin McCarthy. The evening lineup includes McCarthyizm, Penny Whiskey and the Rince an Tiarna dancers.
Irish classical singer Ronan Tynan will perform at 7 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts to benefit the Buffalo Sabres Foundation. Tickets are $60, $75, $80 and $125.
Tired of marching? Then the world's shortest parade is for you. A St. Patrick's Day Celebration presented by the Ancient Order of Hibernians kicks off with the one-block parade at 4:45 p.m. at the entrance to the Conference Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St. A celebration featuring food, Irish beer, beverages, Irish dancers and live music by the Blarney Bunch will follow from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $6.
-- Denise Jewell Gee