"I'm always excited," said WGRZ-TV Meteorologist Kevin O'Connell, "There's 363 days that just kind of lead up to these two."
Just days after a blizzard, many are getting ready to deck themselves out in green, and stand outside to join in on the fun of St. Patrick's Day.
"I don't really remember parades based on weather, believe it or not," O'Connell said.
"I remember walking with my little boy Kevin for the very first time. You meet some great people and there are people on that parade route that I only get to see once a year."
|PARADE DAY AccuWeather Forecast
Saturday: Mostly Cloudy,& Breezy, and colder with a rain or snow shower in spots. High 46 /Low 32
Sunday: Colder with intervals of clouds and sunshine, High 23
In The Valley & Old First Ward Neighborhood
South Park Ave. Smith St., Elk St., Hamburg St. & O’Connell Ave,
|AND THEN SUNDAY....
St Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday, March 16 2 PM
Along Delaware Ave. From
Niagara Square To North St.
The ethnicity of Buffalo and Western New York is just fabulous. You've got a great Pulaski Day parade, certainly the Italian Festival, and the Germans, and the big parade for Juneteenth. We really do have some great parades, but I'm kind of favoring the ones that are coming this weekend. I think the name O'Connell already gave me away."
- WGRZ's Kevin O'Connell
"Especially after this winter, I think it's going to be a sign of hope that spring is coming," said Chris Laffler, (pictured R) who will serve as Grand Marshal for this year's festivities.
"This is going to be, I think, more of a normal Buffalo day," Laffler said about the possibly chilly temperatures this weekend compared to the balmy weekends of the past two years. "I'm the 74th Grand Marshall, so in 74 years, Buffalo has had some weather."
What about that weekend forecast? Are people feeling confident about the parade going off without a hitch just days after a blizzard?
"I think this year Saint Patrick was looking down going 'alright I'll give you a little something that you have to deal with on Wednesday, but we'll make it nice for the weekend.' So we get the blizzard out of the way and now we can really focus on wearing the green and having some fun," O'Connell said.
O'Connell thinks this weekend is a favorite for many of the same reasons other parades and festivals are welcomed in Buffalo.
"The ethnicity of Buffalo and Western New York is just fabulous. You've got a great Polaski Day parade, certainly the Italian Festival, and the Germans, and the big parade for Juneteenth. We really do have some great parades, but I'm kind of favoring the ones that are coming this weekend. I think the name O'Connell already gave me away."
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