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A day to be Irish

St. Patrick's Day parade kicks off in Albany

Members of the Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band perform in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Albany Saturday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Members of the Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band perform in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Albany Saturday.
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Kathleen McDonald nodded toward the raucous crowd gathering in front of the state Capitol.

“These people are rookies,” she said.

Mary Bernard quickly explained: “You’re not going to meet anyone more Irish than us. We have the roots.”

It would be an hour before marchers and vehicles in the city’s 64th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade would make their way past the Eagle Street bus stop where McDonald and Bernard stood Saturday afternoon with ...

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