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Celebrating heritage makes our city special

So many people call Buffalo home. It's that diversity and our willingness to learn about one another's traditions that makes Buffalo the City of Good Neighbors. 

Of course, at this time of year, a few traditions stand out above the rest. One, quite obviously, is St. Patrick's Day. 

While nearly everyone is happy to grab a Guiness and be Irish for a day, not as many are familiar with the Italian traditions that fall just two days after St. Paddy's Day.

St. Joseph's Day, celebrated annually on March 19, is a major feast day for Italians—especially those of Sicilian descent. There aren't parades and big, public drinking parties, but St. Joseph's Day is marked by elaborate altars, erected in honor of the saint, and feasts of traditional dishes. 

Both celebrations have a special place in the heart of Buffalonians! 
Show us how you celebrate! Tag @BuffaloHeritage on Instagram or Facebook with your best photos of your #BuffaloIrishPride or #BuffaloItalianPride!
St. Paddy's Day Parades!
On Saturday, March 16, the Old First Ward kicks off the weekend of parades at noon. The parade will wind through the streets of the historic Buffalo River Community including South Park Avenue, Smith Street, Elk Street, Hamburg Street, and South Street.

On Sunday, March 17, the second parade of the weekend will travel down Delaware Ave, starting at 2 p.m. This year's theme is  "Hail to Saint Patrick - God Bless America - Support our Troops and First Responders."

Crack open a cold one and show off your Irish pride with this Irish buffalo bottle opener!

Music and Celebrations at the
Buffalo Irish Center

The annual St. Patrick's Day celebration is a full weekend of festivities, featuring Irish music, dance, food and the "Craic." Pre-sale tickets are $8.00 (16+) and can be purchased in the BIC pub or at Tara Gift Shoppe. Tickets and purchases benefit the Buffalo Irish Center, a non-profit Irish Heritage Center.
Buffalo Irish Center Events
Celebrate your Buffalo Irish heritage with a kelly green buffalo ornament!
Celebrate your Buffalo Italian heritage with an Italia buffalo ornament!
St. Joseph's Day Tables!
Want to experience the St. Joseph's Day Table for yourself? There are a few places you can head to: 

St. Luke's Mission of Mercy hosts a feast, with seating all day from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Italian American Leadership Council is hosting its annual St. Joseph's Day Table feast at Illio DiPaolo's Restaurant in Blasdell. 

Chef Mary Ann Giordano will again host the feast (Sunday through Wednesday) at her restaurant GiGi's Cucina Povera in Kenmore.

Chef Giordano is also the author of The St. Joseph's Day Table Cookbook. If you want to host your own feast, this is the book for you!
Have fun celebrating over the next week!
Stay safe and spread the #Buffalove!

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