There will be a St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Albany BUT it will be virtual.

On Saturday March 13th get dressed in your best green attire and gather around your phone, desktop or tablet and watch the parade! The City of Albany have announced the annual parade will shift to a virtual event held with a slate of activities and performances that will be accessible via: AlbanyStPatricksDayParade.com. The City’s main priority is ensuring the health and safety of our residents and our community.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan - “It’s hard to believe it’s already been one year since we had to make a last-minute decision to cancel the Albany St. Patrick’s Day parade and festivities due to the first two cases of COVID-19 being diagnosed in Albany County. I was hopeful that this year would present better circumstances, but unfortunately we must continue to follow COVID protocols and do our part to deter large gatherings and continue to flatten the curve. Despite the different look of this year’s parade day, I encourage you to enjoy the virtual celebration that the Parade Committee has put together for this year.”

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In my experience, the St. Patrick's Day Parade always marked the unofficial end of winter and the chance to begin breaking our cabin fever. This year we will have to stay in the cabin but at least we have a virtual parade. The Parade Day virtual events will begin with the traditional mass at Blessed Sacrament Church at 10 AM. A full schedule of events is being finalized.

Other St. Patrick's Day celebrations around the world:

  • Chicago - Each year, the Chicago River is dyed a vibrant shade of emerald green just for the holiday.
  • Montserrat - This island in the Caribbean is the only nation other than Ireland in the world that celebrates St. Patrick’s Day as a public holiday.
  • Auckland, New Zealand - The farthest celebration away from Ireland, some 11,300 miles from Dublin. The 1,076-foot Sky Tower is lit with green lights all day.

 

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