Mayor Byron W. Brown and South District Council Member Christopher Scanlon, joined by members of the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, kicked off a week of St. Patrick’s Day festivities by hosting an Irish flag-raising ceremony at Buffalo City Hall this afternoon.“Buffalo serves as a melting pot of different cultures and it is this diversity that adds to the economic growth and improved quality of life in our city,” said Mayor Brown, noting that the City of Buffalo was recently ranked as one of the top cities for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. “The City of Buffalo is steeped in Irish history and tradition and my Administration is always pleased to shine a light on the many positive contributions of Irish Americans to our culture and progress in Buffalo. I thank the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee for continuing to carry on the important traditions that we have here in Buffalo.“Buffalo has a large population of Irish Americans,” said Council Member Scanlon. “While most of us embrace and preserve our Irish heritage all year round, March is a time for all of us to join together and celebrate it. The Irish have played a large role in the history of Buffalo – as laborers, civil servants, religious clergy and community leaders. Our ancestors who emigrated here helped to build this city. That’s a legacy we are very proud of.”The flag-raising ceremony kicked off a week of Irish cultural activities which culminate on Sunday, March 18, 2018 with the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade along Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. The parade begins at 2 pm.