With no permit, The Valley Community Association was forced to cancel the “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 14. Rather than cancel all festivities, we decided to postpone the St. Patrick’s Day event to Saturday, September 19, 2020 when we will celebrate “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day.”

About the Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Festivities:

On Saturday, September 19, 202 our Grand Marshal Pat Dunbar along with our former Grand Marshal Jim Sumbrum will celebrate at Buffalo River Fest Park and the Tewksbury Lodge  (249 Ohio Street). We will feature live music and a menu with corned beef dinners, corned beef sandwiches, salads, burgers by Tewksbury’s own Chef O’Betty. There will be grilled hot dogs for the kids. Festivities begin at 12pm. Please no coolers or outside food and beverages at this event.

The VCA’s Response to the Corona Virus:

Please see the links to the CDC and Erie County Health Department below for more information on COVID-19:

Keep Update on the VCA’s Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day festivities :

The Valley Community Association’s signature event – 28th Annual “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade – will kick off on Saturday, March 13th, 2021 at 12 Noon from the Valley Community Center. The 27th Annual “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade was cancelled due to city-wide concerns about the corona virus. Here is what you can expect in 2021.

The Parade Route:

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.

Sign Up Your Float:

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.
Over 100 marching units are anticipated to participate, making the “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade just as large as the downtown edition!! Marching contingents will include marching bands, floats, social clubs, classic cars, Irish dancers, family clans, fire and police departments, and much more!!.
New groups are welcome to march and registration forms will be available AFTER February 1st, 2020 by calling 716-823-4707 ext.4 or emailing to Loverdorf@thevalleycenter.com.

The HOOLEY:

Immediately following the parade is the traditional grand Irish “Hooley” featuring live music as well as plenty of food and drink. The Hooley will run from 1:30pm – 5:30pm and will feature music by “Poor Ould Goat” the Valley Community Center, located at 93 Leddy Street, Buffalo, New York.

PARADE POST PARTY:

The parade ends just a few short blocks away from The Tewksbury, which is located at 249 Ohio Street, Buffalo.

Doors for the event will open at 12pm with Chef Kevin serving corned beef dinners, corned beef sandwiches, and other selections for those who don’t care for corned beef.  Music will be provided by Geno McManus from 2pm-5pm and he will be followed by Brian Overdorf.

A green shuttle bus will be available to take parade goers between the Post Parade Party at the Tewksbury Lodge and the Hooley at the Valley Community Center.

There are no reservations needed for this fun filled, family friendly event and free parking is available across from the restaurant in a lot on Ohio Street.

For more information, contact the Tewksbury Lodge at 716-840-2866.

For a Good Cause:

The Parade and Hooley serve as a fundraiser for the Valley Community Association’s services and programs, which include affordable child care that is nurturing, educational, and stimulating for children ages 6 weeks and up; academic, social, and recreational programming for school age youth; programs and services for senior citizens that promote socialization and wellness; family support services including a food pantry, resume preparation, job search assistance, and help navigating the human service system; community events; and neighborhood beautification projects such as the Buffalo River Fest Park, Mutual Riverfront Park, and Valley Nature Park & Habitat Trail.

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