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The O'10: St. Patrick's Day Parade, NCAA Tourney

1) St. Patrick's Day Parade, 2 p.m. March 19 along Delaware Avenue. Begins in Niagara Square. Free to attend.

Commentary: If it's your first time at Buffalo's biggest St. Patrick's Day parade, just enjoy the ride. If you've been before, you know how important it is to scope out a good vantage point - I learned that the hard way last year when I was crammed chest to chest with about 75 teenagers by the Tim Hortons on Delaware. That was unpleasant.

At its roots, the parade is authentic - it's run by the United Irish-American Association and honors St. Patrick - and the parade dedications typically honor people crucial to the local Irish community.

[PHOTOS: Smiles at the 2016 Delaware Avenue parade]

2) NCAA Tournament in Buffalo, two games on March 18 in KeyBank Center, 12:10 and 2:40 p.m.

Commentary: There's a calm Friday before the Buffalo Madness sets in again for the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, with Notre Dame-West Virginia slotted for 12:10 p.m. and Villanova-Wisconsin following immediately after.

Keep your eyes glued to The News' NCAA Basketball page, which is jammed with insight on the games and details about Buffalo's resurgence. Feel free to give me heat about the lead photo for this post, too, but hey, you try to make thinly sliced, multi-toned beef look appetizing.

[PHOTOS: Smiles on Thursday at the NCAA Tournament in Buffalo]

Happy Notre Dame fans before the Irish knocked off Princeton. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

3) Live at O'Larkin, 5 to 8 p.m. March 17 in Larkin Square (745 Seneca St.). Free to attend.

Commentary: The annual Larkin St. Patrick's Day party hinges on local music - featuring McCarthyizm and Emerald Isle - and food trucks, 15 of which will be in attendance, including newcomers Ru's Pierogi and Rolling Cannoli.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase, and the live music will resonate from the boardwalk, which is covered and heated.

[PHOTOS: Smiles at Live at O'Larkin in 2016]

4) Niagara Falls St. Patrick's Day festivities, 4:30 to 11 p.m. March 17 at 101 Old Falls Street, outside Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls. Tickets are $10 at the door, and children 12 and under get in for free.

Commentary: How many people can say they've taken part in the shortest St. Patrick's Day parade in the world? Well, most people in Niagara Falls can, as the 75-step route takes off at 4:45 p.m. from the intersection of Old Falls and First Street.

Hang around in the Conference and Event Center, in which a celebration of the City of Niagara Falls' 125th birthday will take place, concluding with fireworks at 10:45 p.m. The fireworks, of course, will not be in the building.

5) The Trews, 8 p.m. March 18 in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Commentary: A major perk of living within two hours of Toronto is that Canadian rock bands aren't reluctant to cross the border for a show in the states. The Trews come to town fairly often, but the frequency hasn't affected their draw. The band's most recent release, "Time Capsule," is a collection of greatest hits with a smattering of new tracks.

Read the Dawson Creek Mirror's interview with guitarist John-Angus MacDonald, which touches on the band's approaching opening role for Weezer.

6) House of Pain St. Patrick's Day party, noon to 6 p.m. behind Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.). General admission is $15, while VIP tickets run for $40; tickets available here.

Commentary: Here's a sterling alternative to the parade - a mini music festival in the parking lot behind Waiting Room, featuring a strong bill of bands, headlined by House of Pain, the hip-hop group where Everlast got his start. Slaine, Dovey and Every Time I Die offshoot cover band Soul Patch will also add to the party. VIP tickets allow close view of the stage, plus easy access to the cash bar in Waiting Room.

7) Ebenezer Ale House St. Patrick's Day party, 1 to 11:30 p.m. March 18 at 4348 Seneca St., West Seneca. Tickets are $10 and available at the bar in advance or at the door.

Commentary: Roll into West Seneca for what promises to be a bustling party in Ebenezer Ale House. Expect cramped quarters, but it's that what St. Patrick's Day is all about? Three music groups - Strictly Hip, The Dreaming Tree (a Dave Matthews Band tribute) and Greater Buffalo Firefighters Pipe and Drums - will perform throughout the day, and a portion of the proceeds benefits Wings Flights of Hope.

8) Local Natives, 8 p.m. March 17 in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: The Southern California quintet's visit is a slight turn away from the Irish St. Patrick's Day fever, as Local Natives - touring off September 2016 album "Sunlit Youth" - are distinguished by their percussion and harmonies. Read more of Michael Farrell's preview here for a taste of what to expect.

9) Celebrate St. Joseph's Day, six different locations around the Buffalo area. Prices vary.

Commentary: The focus isn't entirely on the Irish this weekend, as St. Joseph's Day - which remembers the Sicilians' prayer to the saint for rain to end a famine in the Middle Ages - is commemorated by meatless meals at local restaurants. The News' Emeri Krawczyk breaks down the six different stops - and some of the particulars - for the Buffalo area.

10) St. Patrick's Day South Buffalo pub crawl, begins at 1 p.m. at Hoppers Inn, with full slate of bars here.

Commentary: It's funny how Facebook can mushroom already popular events and take them to the next level. The St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl around South Buffalo began over 10 years ago by a group of friends, serving as a chance to take the day off and explore the various haunts in Buffalo's Irish community.

Stops at Conlon's, Blackthorn, Nine-Eleven Tavern, Talty's, Molly's, the Irish Center and several more venues are on the itinerary.


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