After a two year hiatus due to Covid, the legendary Albany St. Patrick's day parade will happen this year. Organizers have selected Saturday, March 12 as the date. The official St. Patrick's Day is the following Thursday, March 17th.

Organizers have not yet released many details, but based on years past, the day usually starts off at 9am with a Catholic Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church on Central Ave. A reception follows the mass as preparations are made and marchers arrive for the parade.

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The parade itself begins at 2pm and kicks off at the corner of Central Ave and Quail St. It travels east to Washington Ave to Albany City Hall, moving onto State St. and ending at James St. Hundreds march in the parade and thousands watch along the route.

After the parade, celebrations continue throughout the city at just about every pub, bar, and restaurant. Festivities at various locations go well into the night. There's also no shortage of Guinness pints and corned beef sandwiches.

As we well know in the Capital Region, March is an extremely bi-polar month for weather. We've had blizzards and we've had days where we can be in shorts. Obviously we're hoping for the latter. Especially after two years with no parade.

This is undoubtedly one of the best days to be in Albany. The spirits (literally and figuratively) flowing through the city make it a fantastic time when everybody can be Irish for a day.

More info will be coming from the organizers and will be posted at

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