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Capital Region Scrapbook: Shriner fez-tivities (with photo gallery)

State meeting held in 1949; locals enjoyed clambake in 1950

Members of the Oriental Temple in Troy prepare to beat feet and drum during the New York State Shrine Association's parade in Schenectady on Sept. 10, 1949. About 2,500 Shriners participated.
Members of the Oriental Temple in Troy prepare to beat feet and drum during the New York State Shrine Association's parade in Schenectady on Sept. 10, 1949. About 2,500 Shriners participated.
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Cyprus of Albany, Ziyara of Albany, Ismailia of Buffalo and Kalurah of Binghamton were all in Schenectady on Saturday, Sept. 10, 1949. It might have been hard to pronounce the names of the groups, but it wasn’t hard to recognize their members. The New York Shrine Association was in town, and so were 1,200 marching men who were wearing the traditional red fez and ornate vests and pants of the Shriners. The fraternity was known ...


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