More than 2,500 guests will fill The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St., for the 31st annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration, hosted by the Ancient Order of Hibernians. The event begins at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Children under 12 receive free admission. Proceeds benefit the AOH's Niagara County Chapter, Division 1.
The party features traditional Irish food and beverages, music by The Blarney Bunch, and Irish dance performances by the McCarthy School of Dance. Attendees are asked to bring in non-perishable food items to be donated to Heart & Soul Food Pantry.
"This is truly the largest annual party of its kind in Western New York," said Jason Murgia, director of events at the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls. "Since this year St. Patrick's Day falls on a weekend, we are expecting even larger crowds than usual."
Prior to the party, guests can experience the "World's Shortest Parade," at 4:45 p.m.The parade route begins about 75 steps away, from Old Falls Street at First Street into the entrance of The Conference & Event Center.
Advance sale tickets are being sold at B&B Cigars on Main Street and McCloud's Pharmacy on Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls; Always a Party on Military Road in the Town on Niagara; Cheri Amour on Center Street in Lewiston; and at McNerney's Irish Imports inside the Eastern Hills Mall.