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Irish-Americans celebrate heritage at St. Patrick’s festivities of ’98, ’99

Schenectady Hibernians celebrate the season during the city’s 1998 St. Patrick’s Day parade on Jay Street.
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Schenectady Hibernians celebrate the season during the city’s 1998 St. Patrick’s Day parade on Jay Street.
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Toasts and tunes are always part of St. Patrick’s Day. There were plenty of both around the Capital Region in 1998 and 1999. Irish Americans and their friends wore green, marched in parades, played bagpipes and drums and raised pints to salute the saint — and the coming of spring. In 1998, the Munro Family Bagpipes and Drum Band entertained at McGeary’s in Albany. In Schenectady, folks celebrated with a march down Jay Street. Paddy ...

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