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Luck of the Irish: Albany’s Events

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, March 12, 2015

As hard as it is to believe, everyone’s favorite holiday is right around the corner! St. Patrick’s Day always sneaks up on us but we don’t see anyone complaining. The Capitol Region has countless events that tailor to everyone… whether you are Irish or not everyone seems to celebrate this day! It’s a day to eat, listen to Celtic music and socialize with friends and family. Here is a list of a few events in Albany that look remarkable and definitely worth attending:

62nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Location: Albany, New York Date: Saturday, March 14th, 2015 at 2:00 pm Cost: free Albany’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is a something you will not want to miss. It’s a tradition in the Capitol Region! Even though it is not actually held on St. Patrick’s Day, it is a great time to celebrate with friends and family. This year, the parade is switching it up a little bit; it is starting on Quail Street and Central Avenue and ending on State Street and Broadway. Lots of bag pipers, step dancers and different local organizations will parade through the city dressed in all green. Make sure to check it out! There will also be a mass held before the parade at 9:00 am at Blessed Sacrament Church on Central Avenue.

Catch The Leprechaun Location: Albany River Front Park Corning Preserve Boat Launch Date: Sunday, March 15th, 2015 at 12:00 pm Cost: varies by registration date and age ($20-$30) Attention all active families! Throughout the years, Catch The Leprechaun has been a 5k run but this year, they are adding a 10k race as well. All proceeds go to the Irish Heritage Museum so it’s a great time to bond with family and friends and it’s for a great cause! Registration includes a T-shirt, goody bags, and many more.. but registrants 21+ will receive a one beer voucher for the Albany Pump Station.

St. Paddy’s Day PubCrawl Location: starts at City Beer Hall Date: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 until 2:00 am Cost: $20 - 3 day pass (Friday, Saturday, Tuesday), $7.50 – 1 day pass (Tuesday) If you’ve never been to a PubCrawl, St. Patrick’s Day is most likely the best day to try it out. It’s a night filled with friends, laughter, and a long list of cheap drink specials! This year’s St. Paddy’s day PubCrawl starts at City Beer Hall but the list with participating bars will not be released until the day of the event. At the event, you will receive a map with all the bars which are all walking distance apart. It will be an incredible atmosphere so join the fun!

McKrell’s St. Patrick’s Day Show Location: Madison Theater Date: Saturday, March 14th, 2015 at 8:00 pm Cost: $12 This event is also tailored towards families. The McKrell’s is a celtic folk band that has toured all over the country and performed in multiple famous venues. If you like listening to Irish music, make sure to check out their website! McKrell’s show seems like a fantastic alternative for families with younger children.

Don’t forget to wear green from head to toe!! It’s undeniably a holiday to be merry and cheerful.