Updated 11/25/2012 10:13 AM
World's Largest Disco Party hits Buffalo
People took a step back in time Saturday for the world's largest disco party in Buffalo. YNN's Katie Cummings has more on the event.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Seven thousand people boogied to the sounds of the 70s at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Saturday as part of the 19th annual World’s Largest Disco Party. The first party was in 1979 and one of the first events at the center. Some in attendance have fond memories of that era.
"I’m seeing some old games being played in the 70s and I don’t know it just brings back a lot of old memories and some of these outfits I can’t believe we wore them," said former Sabres player Danny Gare.
"Overall, it's the camaraderie people getting along in that day and age. It’s just everybody having fun and doing what they want to do without any type of judgment," said Williamsville resident Salvatore Serra.
While others needed to do some research beforehand.
"We’ve been planning for this for months, like picked out outfits. Picked out everything for months, planning it. We came last year. That was our first year and we've just been in love ever since," said Hamburg resident Mary-Cate Kubera.
"We’ve been watching a lot of Soul Train, trying to prepare. Getting the soul train line down to work on our moves. Anything we could do to prepare," said Hamburg resident Caitlyn Kubera.
Organizers say the event is not only fun but has a big economic impact on the city.
"There’s hotels close by and the parking lots all fill up and the hotels fill up and so we feel like we feel like we're doing something besides charity, we are doing something positive for the community,” said Event Promoter Dave Pietrowski.
“We stay downtown every year. we get a room for a couple of nights so we don’t have to fight the check in. we come down here hang out on Friday then go to the disco Saturday, make a weekend of it,” said Clarence Resident Ted Drews.
Most importantly, one participant says the event benefits a good cause with one hundred percent of proceeds going to charity.
"We do it to support camp good days and special times it’s a wonderful charity and benefit. Brings all these crazy old people together," said Clarence Resident Amber Drews.
This year’s event raised $400,000 for Camp Good Days.