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'Boom Days Buffalo' is Saturday

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Wed, Apr 24th 2019 11:05 am

Multiple acts, venues throughout Old First Ward on April 27 

“Boom Days Buffalo,” an annual celebration of spring marking the removal of the ice boom, is happening this Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m., 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 activities 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.) will host family-friendly activities and performances from 1-4 p.m., including the Buffalo Zoomobile, the Buffalo & Erie County Library on Wheels, 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 then launched into the Buffalo River where the Edward M. Cotter Fireboat will be waiting to salute paraders. All are welcome to join the parade, and enjoy a toast to spring when the “boom ball” arrives at the park.

Live music from the Blues Society of WNY, the Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation, and Jazz Buffalo will be happening in the afternoon and evening at Duende at Silo City (85 Silo City Row), The Barrel Factory (65 Vandalia St.), Flying Bison Brewing Co. (840 Seneca St.), Buffalo Distilling Co. (860 Seneca St.), Lockhouse Distillery & Bar (41 Columbia St.), and Gene McCarthy’s (73 Hamburg St.). The evening is highlighted by fireworks at 8:30 p.m., which can be seen from Riverfront Park and the streets around the Old First Ward.

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