It's a sure sign Spring has arrived in Western New York when you see the Maid of the Mist back in action.

Today the Maid of the Mist launched the first boat of the "133rd consecutive" season, according to WGRZ, though last year, the Maid of the Mist's season started a whole month earlier.

WGRZ notes, "The launch comes about one month later than the first boat last year. The spokesman for Maid of the Mist, Kevin Keenan, said it is all dependent on Mother Nature. The average opening day is around May 8.

"It all depends on when the ice run clears the river and once that ice broke last week, we were able to get the boats in the water and we're ready to go," Keenan explained."

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