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St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated by parades in the city of Buffalo as long ago as 1848, but the tradition lapsed several times. The parade pictured here, in 1915, was the first after a lapse of around three decades. On March 4, 1915, The Catholic Union and Times ran an article headlined, “Parade feature to be revived this year.” The story said, “After a hiatus of more th…

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“The Illusionists – Witness the Impossible” debuted in November in the Marquis Theatre in New York City’s Times Square. Since then, the show has been proving very popular. The old-fashioned carnival barker language is part of the fun. “This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusio…

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The Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament will finally be assured of solid ice. Obviously integral to pond hockey, the presence of ice has -- due to Mother Nature's quirks -- been wildly inconsistent in previous Buffalo winters. (According to Buffalo Business First, the annual hockey event has suffered from poor conditions in three of the last seven Buffalo tournaments). If…

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It’s Friday and it’s fish fry season. Time to make some decisions.Baked, broiled or beer-battered? Coleslaw or macaroni salad? German or American potato salad? Dine-in or takeout?And finally – where to get our fish fry? We can help you with that last question through Gusto’s annual fish fry guide. Following are some of the area churches, schools…

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It's the dawn of a new era for the Queen City Roller Girls, a chance for the hard-hitting, nimble-skating athletes to welcome a bigger audience in the heart of the city. While the official grand-opening of Buffalo RiverWorks is still three weeks away, Friday provides a sneak peek at the venue's progress as well as a chance to see the three-time QCRG defending champion Nic…

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A star-studded lineup led by “The Hoff” and including cast members from “Star Wars,” “The Walking Dead” and “Arrow” will be on hand for the annual Niagara Falls Comic Con from June 5-7 in the Scotia Bank Civic Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls, Canada.The guest list includes David Hasselhoff of “Knightrid…

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Claiming that the Super Bowl "transcends sports" is a popular cliche each year at this time, but as former Buffalo News digital engagement editor S.J. Velasquez puts it, the game still revolves around large men romping around in tight pants and running into each other. For me, at least, that sheds Super Bowl Sunday in a slightly different light. Still, 6:30 p.m. on Sunday…

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Aram Khachaturian’s “The Sabre Dance” song has been discontinued at Sabres games, but it can be heard at another public space for the next four weeks.Beginning Wednesday, the rousing piece will be played in the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens’ main Palm Room, along with snippets of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, as a musical star…

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We love our fish fry here – especially the traditional Friday fish fry served everywhere from church basements to school cafeterias. If you are a church, school, legion hall or community center hosting a Friday fish fry, please send us your information to be included in Gusto’s community fish fry guide. It will be published in the Feb. 19 Gusto plus online at…

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It feels kind of dirty starting off the 10 with an event you cannot actually attend. But Dreamland, the DIY arts collective on Franklin Street, is hosting a wildly popular, costume-mandatory Knockturn Alley Fest this Saturday. Maybe the words "Knockturn Alley" made your ears -- or wizarding hat -- perk up, and 125 people have already conjured (read: bought) the $5 tickets…

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Morgan Bell has one of the most instantly recognizable work uniforms in the world. Stepping into a traditional Norwegian bunad in blue, she throws a deep fuchsia cape around her shoulders and with braided pigtails is transformed into Princess Anna, half of the royal sister duo from the cultural phenomenon that is Disney’s “Frozen.” As a star of “Disney on Ice presents Pr…

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Morgan Bell may only be playing a princess in “Disney on Ice presents Princesses and Heroes,” opening Wednesday in the First Niagara Center, but the young performer quickly found she had more than a little in common with Princess Anna from “Frozen.” “I can definitely relate to Anna with my personality off the ice,” Bell, 23, said in a recent phone interview. “Anna’s chara…

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There's no especially smooth way to weave a disturbing film about a lethal killer, a two-session craft-beer festival and a close examination of regional art into one lede. Trust me, I tried, but I doubt you want to waste your time thinking about an artist meticulously painting a Flying Bison beer bottle with T-Rex arms holding a McMillan sniper rifle. Here are 10 of this …

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The WWE will return to the First Niagara Center in 2015.“WWE Live: The Road to Wrestlemania” takes place at 1 p.m. March 1 in FNC with a bill including Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Kane, Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt and the WWE Divas.Tickets are $112.50, $77.50, $57.50, $37.50, $27.50 and $17.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Ja…

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Bounce houses, animals, dancing and movies are some of the New Year’s Eve festivities the entire family can enjoy at popular local events.The annual First Night Buffalo, from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.), features amusement rides (merry-go-round and a train), inflatable fun, a family fitness challenge, storybook …