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When the ice boom is lifted, it's spring. Even if it doesn't feel like it, we have, at last, the cold, hard proof. So has it been since 1964, when the boom was installed. The boom, in case you're new here, is a series of 15- to 30-foot long steel pontoons stretching 8,800 feet across Lake Erie at the mouth of the Niagara River. Its job is to keep ice from floating from …

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The girls whack the guys with pussy willows and the guys fire squirt guns at the girls. Or is it the other way around? That's just the first quandary that confounds the uninitiated every year when Dyngus Day rolls around. Thousands partake in the celebration, which takes place on Easter Monday and centers in the neighborhood around Broadway and Fillmore where the Pol…

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Looking to celebrate Dyngus Day in true Buffalo style? You have choices. (Note: This list contains a few highlights. A comprehensive list is available here and on dyngusday.com.) The parade Starts at 5 p.m. in front of Corpus Christi Church and heads down Broadway to Fillmore and then down Memorial Drive. ••• Pussy Willow Pass Cost: $10. Good for $2 admission to …

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1) Dyngus Day at the Buffalo Central Terminal, 3 to 11 p.m. April 2 at 495 Paderewski Drive. Cost is $15 to attend - ticket details here - and it's a 21+ event. Commentary: Even as the Central Terminal continues slow progress toward restoration, the Art Deco venue attracts attention on Dyngus Day for a few reasons: its vast size is convenient for large crowds, it doesn'…

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1) Plantasia, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 22 through 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25 in the Hamburg Fairgrounds (5600 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg). Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (60+) and free for children 12 years and younger. Commentary: The recent sunlight has been a tease for warmer weather, and the Plantasia exhibition at the Hamburg Fairgrounds will further w…

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Buffalo’s four seasons have a fairly subjective hierarchy. Fall has its fans, with its changing leaves and football Sundays. Winter is cherished by the ski and oversized sweater-clad community. Summer is the region’s reward for dealing with particular harsh iterations of the other seasons. But spring rarely makes its way to the top of the rankings. Whether because of…

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To Buffalo’s Sicilian population, St. Joseph’s Day looms large. For the rest of us, it is something of a mystery. It is sandwiched between two gigantic Western New York party days, St. Patrick’s Day and Dyngus Day, falling on March 19 in 2018. These noisier occasions tend to obscure it. You do not find store aisles devoted to St. Joseph’s Day, as you do for St. Patri…

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1) St. Patrick's Day parade, begins at 2 p.m. March 18 in Niagara Square and continues north along Delaware Avenue. Free to attend. Commentary: Employing a phrase of late college football announcer Keith Jackson, this parade is the "grand-daddy of them all," at least in terms of sheer size and participation. Run by the United Irish-American Association, based on Abbo…

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When life gives you ranch dressing, make blue cheese. That's how "Wing King" Drew Cerza reacted to the tweet from Frank's RedHot that turned Buffalonians blue. Cerza on Monday decided to set up National Blue Cheese Dressing Day after seeing Buffalo Twitter light up over Frank's RedHot's praise for ranch dressing as the ideal dipping sauce for "Buffalo wings." "Thi…

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It's time to say goodbye to winter, even if winter won't say goodbye to us. To taste — literally — the first sweet stirrings of spring. To trek to a maple sugar shack. Dozens of sugar shacks, large and small, are hidden in the rolling hills around Buffalo. If you don't know where to start, a good choice is Moore's Maple Shack Pancake House in the hamlet of Freedom, l…

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The 98-step St. Patrick's Day Parade in Lackawanna may be the shortest procession that unfolds on March 17 each year since 1946. But it also has another distinction. It is floatless, unless you count Honorary Grand Marshall Michael Haggerty's Model-T, said Joyce McGowan, volunteer. Festivities begin with the celebration of Mass at 12:10 p.m. in Our Lady of Victory Ba…

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1) Project Glam, noon to 4 p.m. March 10 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Advance cost is $25 general admission or $40 for VIP passes; further ticket info here. Commentary: Billed as the "Ultimate Girls Day Out," Townsquare brings together roughly 60 vendors - from wineries to dessert experts to spa and salon representatives - for an afternoon of shopping and exp…

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1) Benefit for Buffalo Irish Center, 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at 245 Abbott Road. Cost is $5 for 21+ and $7 for anyone under 21. Commentary: Established in 1970 as an Irish cultural hub in South Buffalo, the Irish Center has been remarkably active in the community - hosting everything from Irish dance troupes to ample local music to participating in major events such as the Old N…

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The second weekend of the Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament invaded Buffalo RiverWorks on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. Buffalo Sabres alumni such as Gilbert Perreault, Jason Woolley and Rob Ray stopped by, while a slew of activities kept spectators involved.

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See who turned out at the Atrium at Rich's for the 10th annual Winterfest of the Westminster Economic Development Initiative, featuring a buffet from the West Side Bazaar's diverse vendors, live music and a live auction Friday night, Feb. 9, 2018.