3:29 p.m. — The 1.2-mile long route from Niagara Square to North Street was lined deep with revelers -- many of them wearing green. Even a yellow Labrador whose fur had somehow been colored green was in attendance. The crowd seemed in high spirits with very little rowdy behavior.
I followed the Blackthorn Club, one of the first groups in the parade, as they began their march down Delaware. Wearing black coats and top hats, the South Buffalo-based social club's members waved and smiled as the crowd cheered them.
Even Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown got in on the fun by accepting a woman's invitation to relax momentarily with her group on their roadside couch:
2 p.m. — Irish eyes are smilin' today on downtown Buffalo where the annual St. Patrick's Day parade is about to get under way.
Grand marshal Patrick "Rick" O'Sullivan told BuffaloNews.com Live that he's "not even touching the ground at the moment" as he prepared to lead the parade with his 76-year-old mother as co-marshal (pictured, at left).
Countless marchers and community groups have amassed in Niagara Square for today's parade. Elected officials including Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul and U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins have also been spotted lining up.
-- Joseph Popiolkowski