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Posted on: March 12, 2021

Mayor Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to the Covid-19 Emergency 03-12-21

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Buffalo, NY - Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that the City of Buffalo will join with Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz to light the City Hall dome and Erie County’s downtown buildings in amber Sunday, March 14th and Monday, March 15th to mark the one-year anniversary of the first Covid-19 positive case in Erie County.

As of today, there have been 67,137 confirmed Covid-19 cases, and 1,687 deaths in Erie County, a majority in the City.

The City Hall dome was bathed in white light overnight on March 11th into March 12th, to mark the day in 2020 when the World Health Organization declared the global pandemic.


The Easter season holiday shopping tradition is alive and well at Buffalo’s Broadway Market with 60 vendors on site this Saturday, March 13th, and every day from Saturday, March 20th through Saturday, April 3rd.

“It just isn’t Easter without a stop at the Broadway Market during the Easter Season for all of your Easter favorites. You can continue your decades long family tradition or create a new one by visiting the historic Broadway Market for the great food and entertainment,” said Market Director Kathleen Peterson.

This season 30 special Easter vendors will join the 30 vendors who are open year-round at the Broadway Market, offering everything from butter lambs to sausage to pierogis.

This Saturday, Babcia’s Pierogi, which will be offering their Reuben pierogi, filled with specially seasoned, oven-roasted corned beef and fresh barrel sauerkraut. The market will also offer a side helping of St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

“With no St. Patrick’s Day parade again this year, we decided to bring in some Irish entertainment with the Rince na Tiarna Irish dancers at 11:30 am. Followed by the Blarney Bunch playing your favorite Irish tune from noon - 3:00 pm.

The Broadway Market will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, and Saturday, March 20th, and begin Easter holiday hours on Sunday, March 21st, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Starting Monday, March 22nd all Easter vendors on site daily, through April 3rd.


The Broadway Market’s special Easter Holiday hours are:

Monday, March 29th - Thursday, April 1st from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Good Friday, April 2nd from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Holy Saturday, April 3rd from 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The market is closed on Easter Sunday, April 4th.

The Easter Bunny will be at the Market:

Saturday, March 27th and 28th from Noon to 4 p.m. Monday, March 29th – Friday, April 2nd from Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 3rd from Noon to 4 p.m.

Easter Holiday Entertainment Schedule:

Saturday, March 20: Kristen Smigielski Combo, Noon – 3 p.m. Monday, March 22: Porcelain Train, Noon – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, March 23: Docenko, Noon – 3 p.m.

Wednesday, March 24: Carol McLaughlin Quartet, Noon – 3 p.m. Thursday, March 25: Jazzbirds, Noon – 3 p.m.

Saturday, March 27: Special Delivery Band, Noon – 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 30: Docenko, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 3: Special Delivery Band, Noon – 3 p.m.

The Broadway Market adheres to all CDC and NYS COVID-19 guidelines. You must wear a mask while inside the Broadway Market.


The City of Buffalo’s more than 80 public basketball and hockey courts are once again open for play. The City’s Department of Public Works, Parks & Streets has completed installation of basketball hoops and hockey nets in parks and on courts throughout the City.

Signs are posted at all courts displaying Erie County and New York State Departments of Health Covid-19 safety guidelines. Over the coming weeks, City crews will be addressing playground equipment and preparing tennis courts to reopen the first week of April.

Last Call for Activism in Sports Student Art Competition Entries

Monday, March 15th is the deadline to enter the Buy Black Buffalo art competition!

Buy Black Buffalo is partnering with Buffalo Bills Running Back Zack Moss, the Police Athletic League of Buffalo, Inc. and Albright Knox to spotlight our youth’s voices.

City of Buffalo students in grades 6-12 can enter by submitting a video up to 60 seconds, digital artwork, or an up to 100- word written expression about what activism in sports means to them and the culture. For more information about the contest, please visit or on Instagram @buyblackbuffalony and @pal_buffalo. Albright Knox will judge the entries and select three winners. The first-place winner will enjoy a ten-minute virtual meet and greet with Zack Moss. The top three winners will receive memorabilia from Zack Moss and the Buffalo Bills.

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