I am not Irish. Well, not that I know of. I am, however, ready for this weekend. Tomorrow is the First Ward parade is tomorrow on Hamburg, O'Connell, Elk & Smith Street. Most of the people know this one because they live in the neighborhood. The larger parade is set for this Sunday, in our downtown Buffalo in Niagara Square at 2pm. At 3pm, you can go to the Hotel at the Lafayette for no cover, free parking, in Pan Am Brewery & Grill on Washington Street (reminds me of 'The Hunger Games'). There, you can purchase Irish beverages, enjoy Irish music and dancers, and opens up before the parade if anyone wants some grub. Music will be from 3:30-7:30pm. You can park in the parking lot behind the brewery on Ellicott Street.
It's always good to have options this weekend. If you are not feeling downtown, Allentown is nearby to cater for your St. Patty's Day festivities. Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar opens at 12pm this Sunday for celebrating. With their complimentary corned beef and cabbage, they are open until 4am! Located right on Allen Street, try their food because kitchen closes at 3am. Whether you want to go bar hopping, having a nice meal, or enjoying the parade, OR all three, be sure to deck yourself out in GREEN. Irish or not, we live in Buffalo people. Let's give St. Patrick's Day 2014 a party like no other...without the drunken fights.