Buffalo - March 16
We were obviously a bit disappointed to learn that we would not be in Montreal on the day of the traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade. However, we had a chance to get our green on in Buffalo as the Western New York city had its own parade, filled with dressed-up people and jazzy floats, down Delaware Avenue, a main downtown artery.
Organized since 1940 by the United Irish American Association in Buffalo, the parade route started from Niagara Square, near the HSBC Center, home of the Sabres. After walking around a green-and-orange downtown Buffalo on the crisp, sunny late winter day, we caught up with some Canadiens fans that were also in town for the day. Having bought their tickets to the game months earlier, Roch, Michel and Norman drove down to New York from Canada last night after catching the Habs’ improbable third-period comeback against the Senators. It pays to be a loyal fan, as they were awarded the coveted limited edition green McChuck, McGallagher and McSubby t-shirts.
Taking advantage of the cold weather to make a buck were a brave group of street vendors hawking green scarves, earmuffs and wool hats. All of them were hustling hard to move their wares, as it is difficult to imagine St. Patrick’s themed apparels to be hot sellers the other 364 days of the year. In any case, it’s not easy to make a buck, and hard work is usually a precursor to success, whether you make your bucks on or off the ice.