ALBANY The 62nd annual Albany St. Patrick’s Day Parade will step off at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The new parade route begins at Quail Street and Central Avenue, travels east onto Washington Avenue and continues on State Street to Pearl Street.
Leading the line of march will be co-grand marshals Bruce Hidley and Eleanor Burns of the Watervliet Ancient Order of Hibernians and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, respectively. They were selected for of their dedication, service and leadership of the AOH and LAOH.
The day will begin with a 9 a.m. Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church on Central Avenue.
“We invite families to join us for this celebration in honor of Ireland’s Patron St. Patrick,” said parade chairman Maggie McNally of Albany. This year’s parade falls on St. Patrick’s Feast Day that is also the anniversary of his death in the 5th century.
Among the bands featured in the parade are the Schenectady Pipe Band, Albany Falcons Marching Band, Sons and Daughters of Erin Pipe Band, Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band, City of Albany Pipe Band and the Shaker High School Marching Band.
The parade will stop briefly at Holy Family Church (formerly St. Patrick’s on Central Avenue) for the greeting of Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany and at the reviewing stand on the corner of State and Lodge streets.
The parade, which features a contest for the best float, is sponsored by the United Irish Societies of the Capital District and the City of Albany.
The line of march will be the following: Watervliet AOH & LAOH, Albany LAOH, North Albany Limericks, Menands St. Patrick's Club, Albany AOH, Capital District Celtic Cultural Association, South End Irish and Colonie Irish.
For more, visit www.albanystpatricksdayparade.com.