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St. Patrick's Parade brings crowds downtown

Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The crowds were clearly thinned by the cold weather, but under a clear blue sky the Saint Patrick's Parade marched up Delaware Avenue Sunday.

It was a familiar tune as the Buffalo City Guard kicked off the parade with "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling." In the crowds were everything from Irish wolfhounds to Irish beer.

Grand Marshall Chris Liffler was at the head of the parade, representing the  United Irish American Association.
"I'm the sergeant-at-arms...(so) normally I work at the end of the parade helping traffic flow get out but today, I get to lead it all."

Another marcher was familiar with Saint Patrick's Parades. Catholic Bishop Richard Malone is a veteran of the parades in Irish South Boston.
"There's plenty of enthusiasm and spirit both here and in Southie (South Boston) to keep us warm, that's for sure," Malone said.

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

For the parade, Bishop Malone was wearing a top hat which belonged to a predecessor, Irish-born Bishop William Turner.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.