By Jennifer Weber

Happy St. Patrick’s Weekend! We all know the saying that “Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day,” so time to dig  out those bright green outfits from the back of the closet, or this year the green sweaters, hoodies, winter hats and scarves and get out to celebrate! Team Green Beer or Team Stout, it’s a great way to get out and have some fun with friends to kick off the official spring season.

Start out in Ellicottville, where the live music scene is second to none. For the complete schedule of bands all over the Village, check out page A3.

Springville is hosting two fun events on St. Paddy’s day this year.

Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m., JD’s Brew Pub will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day with delicious traditional corned beef and cabbage and a bunch of Irish drink specials. Later that evening the band “Only Humen” will be playing at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, March 17 at 7 p.m. head to the Cordelian Club St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Springville Volunteer Fire Company, 405 West Main St., Springville.

Get out your best green dancing shoes! The annual Cordelian Club dance this year which benefits the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation is happening on St. Patrick’s Day. Tickets to the event are $35 and include beer and wine, food and games, raffles, photo booth and more! Music provided by Tailor Made DJ. And rumor has it there will be a Best Leprechaun Costume contest too! For more information contact Kathy Goodrow at (716) 863-8016. Tickets are available at Anything Printed, S&S Taxidermy or from any Cordelian Club member.

Now on to the parades.

Buffalo has been consistently rated one of the best cities in the Country for our St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. If you haven’t experienced a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Buffalo, you are missing out. Make sure to put this on your bucket list at least once and you’ll see why.

On Saturday, March 17, 25th Annual “Old Ward” St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at Noon from the Valley Community Center. The Old Ward parade is known to many as the “real” Irish parade in town since the Old Ward neighborhood is where many of WNY’s Irish immigrants settled with their families, who still live in the area today.

The parade includes over 100 marching units (bands, floats, social clubs, dancers, family clans, fire and police departments) that meander through the streets including South Park Avenue, Smith Street, Elk Street, Hamburg Street and South Street.

Following the parade join everyone, and we mean everyone, at the Valley Community Center, located at 93 Leddy Street, Buffalo for the traditional grand Irish “Hooley” featuring live music by “Emerald Isle” along with traditional Irish food and drink.

Or make some time to grab a bite at one of the many local pubs in the neighborhood, including Gene McCarthy’s, Adolf’s, Blackthorn, Conlon’s & Doc Sullivan’s.

For more information visit the Valley Community Center website at www.thevalleycenter.com.

On Sunday, March 18 the 78th Annual Buffalo Saint Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off at Niagara Square in front of City Hall at 2:00 p.m. and travels up Delaware Avenue all the way to North Street. If you plan on attending this parade you need to get your spot early and be prepared to wait out in the cold for the parade route to go by! It’s a long one. But worth the wait.

For more information visit www.buffalostpatricksdayparade.com.

For those not willing to brave the long lines or chilly weather, or those who just love good Irish food and Music, you can stop at the Buffalo Irish Center, located at 245 Abbott Road. They’ll be serving up a breakfast at 10 a.m. (bangers and mash and black pudding) and open for admission to the St. Patrick’s Celebration starting at Noon featuring the band the LeftOvers and Irish dance performances by Clann Na Cara and Rince na Tiarna.

For more information visit www.buffaloirishcenter.com.