Do you love Buffalo? This Sunday is your chance to proclaim that sentiment for all to hear with the “We Are Buffalo” parade. Hosted as part of the city’s homecoming “Citybration” weekend, the parade will kick off at approximately 11:20AM at Delware Park’s Meadow Ring Road near the corner of Parkside Avenue and the Scajaquada Expressway. The parade will then make its way down to the Buffalo Zoo, arriving at about noon for the Buffalonians Making a Difference Awards Luncheon, which will honor several notable Buffalonians.
Organizers invite everyone to come down in support of their great city. Beginning at 11AM, you can arrive ready to ride your bike, walk, or even build your own crazy parade float in celebration of the Queen City. “Everyone who feels like they’re part of Buffalo and loves this place – they should be in it!” said Marti Gorman, the main organizer of “Citybration.” You’re also encouraged to just come down and watch from the sidelines if you’d rather not parade through the city.
The parade’s grand marshall is BRO’s very own Newell Nussbaumer! Leading the parade will be world famous photographer, Milton Rogovin, driven in a 1936 Auburn Speedster.
Newell reminds, “All BRO readers who have expressed a desire to have a bicycle parade should take advantage of this opportunity to get on their bikes and ride with us. Don’t be afraid to come as you are; this is just about having fun.”
The parade will also honor several notable residents. Lorna Hill, executive director of Ujima Company; Jesse Kregal, longtime BPO member who championed the construction of the Sacajquada Pathway; Kevin Gaughn, local government downsizing advocate; and Antoinetta Lobuzzetta, a North Buffalo school crossing guard for 35 years, will all be honored at the Buffalonians Making a Difference Awards. Re-Tree WNY
, which works to reforest the area after 2006’s October storm, will also be honored.
Gorman encourages everyone to come out and celebrate all the great things our city has to offer. “In Buffalo, we tend not to celebrate our successes and shout about how much we love this place,” she said, “The parade allows us to actually illustrate to others how much we care about this place. We are Buffalo and Buffalo is indeed its people, its potential and its sense of community.”
Participants will also receive free kazoos, so show up early! “It’s going to be the
coolest way to celebrate our city,” said Mark Donnelly, who organized the parade. “What better opportunity do you have, for no
other reason, than to be out, saying, I love my city?”