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'Boom Days Buffalo' 2018 will celebrate spring on April 7

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Tue, Mar 27th 2018 04:05 pm
Events happening throughout Old First Ward in Buffalo
"Boom Days Buffalo," an annual celebration of spring marking the removal of the ice boom, is happening from 1-9 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in multiple venues throughout the Old First Ward neighborhood in Buffalo. The full list of events, times, and locations can be found at www.facebook.com/boomdaysbuffalo. All events are free and open to all.
Rick Smith, along with Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and others, put together the first "Boom Days" celebration in 2001.
"Its our region's unique way to be thankful for the end of our strong winter and welcome spring," Smith said. "We encourage everyone to go out and get next to our waterways and celebrate the amazing places in the historic and regenerating First Ward!"
The Old First Ward Community Center (62 Republic St., Buffalo) and Undergrounds Coffee House & Roastery (580 South Park Ave.) will host family-friendly activities and performances from 1-4 p.m., including the Buffalo Zoomobile, the Buffalo & Erie County Library on Wheels, Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Preserve, and programming by Young Audiences of Western New York. Waterfront Memories and More museum at Mutual Riverfront Park (41 Hamburg St.) will be open for visitors.
At 4 p.m., The Buffalo Brass Machine will lead the way as the "boom ball" will be rolled from the community center to Riverfront Park and launched into the Buffalo River. All are welcome to join the parade.
Then, from 5-8:30 p.m., live music from the Blues Society of WNY and the Sportsmen's Americana Music Foundation will take place at The Barrel Factory (65 Vandalia St.) and Gene McCarthy's (73 Hamburg St.). There will be food and drink specials at these locations, and Undergrounds, as well.
The evening wraps up with a boom, as fireworks will light up the sky at 8:30 p.m. They can be seen from Riverfront Park and the streets around the Old First Ward.
"It is exciting to have activities hosted for 'Boom Days' throughout the neighborhood as a way of celebrating our connection to the river and the start of spring," Old First Ward Community Center Board President Sara Heidinger added.

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