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The 10: Old Neighborhood St. Patrick's Day Parade, Humble Braggers

1) Old Neighborhood St. Patrick's Day Parade, noon to 5 p.m. March 11 in the Old First Ward, beginning at the Valley Community Center (93 Leddy St.). Free to attend.

Commentary: The more authentic of Buffalo's two St. Patrick's Day parades winds through the Old First Ward, one of Buffalo's oldest neighborhoods that remains a hub of the Irish community.

Check out the parade route here, plus a Smiles gallery from last year's parade. Over 100 floats will participate in the parade - keep an eye out for the Blackthorn, which will have kegs of Sullivan's Brewing Company's Maltings Irish Ale on board.

[RELATED: Mary Kunz Goldman's 100 Things on the Old Neighborhood parade]

After parties include a Hooley - an Irish term for a wild, music-focused party - at the Valley Community Center and further festivities at the Tewksbury Lodge.

Even llamas enjoy the St. Patrick's Day Parade through the Old First Ward. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)


2) Humble Braggers' album release show, 9 p.m. March 10 in Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.). Tickets are $8 and can be purchased here or at the door.

Commentary: Local synth-rock trio Humble Braggers will release "I Know Better, I'm No Better," the band's new album you can stream here on SoundCloud, on Friday in Allentown.

Openers include Bottler, dreambeaches and national act Chad Valley, with Humble Braggers capping the show around 1 a.m.

Local three-piece synth rock band Humble Braggers will release their new album on March 10.


3) St. Patrick's Day Irish Stroll, 2 p.m. March 11 with registration at Pizza Plant at Canalside (125 Main St., #110). Admission to the crawl is $10 for an individual, while four-packs of tickets cost $24 total - ticket information here.

Commentary: The flexibility of the stroll's times are alluring - you can register anytime between 2 and 9 p.m. in Pizza Plant at Canalside - and then enjoy drink specials at participating venues Iron Works, Brawler's, Allen Burger Venture and Pan-Am American Grille inside Hotel @ the Lafayette. The holiday-themed stroll is presented by Joonbug, a national bar crawl organizer.


4) ColdboyDJs Launch Party, 10 p.m. March 11 in The Groove Lounge (1210 Broadway). General admission is $20 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: A collection of 14 DJs - collectively dubbed ColdBoyDJs - will debut their brand at The Groove Lounge on Saturday night. The party will be spread across two floors, with 30,000 watts of sound, according to the EventBrite page.

The celebrity guest will be VH1 "Black Ink Crew: Chicago" star Charmaine Johnise. Learn more about ColdBoyDJs through their Twitter account.


5) Fight for Air Climb, on-site registration at 7:30 a.m., first wave of climbers begins at 8:30 a.m. March 11 in Main Place Tower (350 Main St.). Participation costs $50 per participant with a $100 fundraising minimum. More details here.

Commentary: Test your lungs and quads by trudging up 24 floors of stairs in Main Place Tower - a new location for the Fight for Air Climb - and raise money for the American Lung Association in the process. Just over $141,000 has been raised so far, which is 80 percent of the climb's goal of $175,000.

It's a grueling workout for a Saturday morning, so you'll either be inspired to tackle the rest of the day or feel deserving of a lengthy midafternoon nap.

[PHOTOS: Smiles at the 2015 Fight For Air Climb up One Seneca Tower]

Firefighters smile before the Fight For Air Climb, from 2015. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)


6) WWE Live: Road to Wrestlemania, 7:30 p.m. March 10 in KeyBank Center. Tickets range from $15 to $115 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: A colorful cast of professional wrestling stars will descend upon KeyBank Center on Friday, including Brock Lesnar, The Big Show, Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho and Triple H, among several others.

The News' Tim O'Shei interviewed tag-team wrestler Big Cass, a New York native, and also explained why WWE draws such robust crowds across the country.

Big Cass will be in Buffalo for the "WWE Road to Wrestlemania" event on March 10. (Photo courtesy WWE)


7) Ad Smack Battle Rumble Mania, 6 to 9 p.m. March 10 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Tickets range from $50 t0 $90 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: This year's American Advertising Awards ceremony in RiverWorks will have a distinct WWE feel - see the previous entry in The 10 - as local design and creative companies will rumble for coveted awards (while having a little fun with Bloody Mary As and Creative Genius in the process).


8) Winter Carnival Weekend and Mardi Gras Parade, March 10-12 in Ellicottville. Bacchus Ball, 7 to 9 p.m. March 10 in Madigan's (44 Washington St., Ellicottville); 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 11 and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 12. Tickets for the Bacchus Ball run for $35, while the rest of the weekend is free of charge.

Commentary: The two most exciting parts of this weekend in Ellicottville are Friday night's Mardi Gras-themed private gala in Madigan's, replete with New Orleans-style food, and then the Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Ellicottville at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. You can find the full schedule of events here, as well as the 17 different live-music acts slated for bars across the weekend.


9) Remarkable West Sider Awards, 1 to 4 p.m. March 12 in Resurgence Brewing Co. (1250 Niagara St.). General admission is $30 and includes food stations and two beverage tickets.

Commentary: If you're a major advocate of Buffalo's West Side, head to Resurgence on Sunday for lunch and drinks. At the inaugural West Sider Awards, four individuals - Stephanie Cole Adams (Massachusetts Ave. Park), police officers Jeanan Sharpe and Joe Szafranski, and John Starkey (Lafayette HS principal) - will be honored for their work in and commitment to the community.


10) Queen City Roller Girls: Devil Dollies vs. Suicidal Saucies, 3 p.m. March 12 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). General admission is $15, front row seats are $20 - both can be purchased here.

Commentary: It's a big hill to climb for the Devil Dollies after starting the 2017 QCRG season 0-2, but the roller derby house team gets a chance to avenge its lopsided 183-114 loss in the season's previous match-up with the Saucies on Feb. 4. Appreciate the physicality and agility of the skaters, and know you're not far from Buffalo RiverWorks abundance of concessions.


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