Buffalo is world
famous for its long winters and brutal snowstorms. The weather
typically starts to moderate in early March, and all those people who
have spent the winter indoors, with quick trips outside to shovel
snow, are itching for an excuse to blow off steam with a big party.
This, combined with the city’s large Irish population, means that
Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17th is one of the largest
events and parties of the year.
There are two large
annual parades that draw tens of thousands of people, who party for
the duration of the parades, and then party even more at local bars
in Allentown or other neighborhoods. The event is a cash cow for
local businesses, who rely on the revenues from that day.
Both parades were canceled, though bars remained open, but only allowed to be filled to 50% capacity. The streets in the normally bustling Allentown neighborhood were nearly empty.