Michael Glenn, president of Schenectady’s Ancient Order of Hibernians, prepares to raise the Irish national flag on March 17, 1987. City Council President Thomas Isabella (at right) helps out during the ceremony at Center City on State Street.
St. Patrick’s Day always means celebrations — parades, corned beef sandwiches, songs, dance and pints of ale. In 1966, young members of Schenectady’s Ancient Order of Hibernians posed for photos. In 1977, city Mayor Frank J. Duci helped raise the Irish flag in Veterans’ Park. Duci had company — flag-maker Molly Corrigan, A.O.H. secretary Toni Doherty and Hibernians president Richard Doherty were all part of the ceremony.
One of the most celebrated and colorful local Irish traditions is the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Albany. Over the years, Irish cheerleaders, sign carriers, costume wearers and musicians have entertained thousands of spectators.