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St. Patrick's Day traditions in Saratoga Springs

St. Patrick's Day traditions in Saratoga Springs

St. Patrick's Day traditions in Saratoga Springs
Patrons enjoy music by Kevin McKrell at The Partying Glass during St. Patrick’s Day celebration Saturday.
Photographer: ERICA MILLER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Jennifer Scally had a quick measure for how long she'd been at The Parting Glass Saturday for the St. Patrick's Day festivities; The pint of Guinness in her hand.

"About this much," Scally said, pointing to the small drop in fluid level from the top of her glass.

Both her beverage of choice and location were all a part of the day's festivities for Scally, her husband Brian and their friend Seth Thomas.

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"Got to get a Guinness at The Parting Glass on St. Patrick's Day," she said.

St. Patrick's Day revelers poured into Saratoga Springs Saturday for the annual festivities that this year coincided with the weekend.

Many then were set to pour themselves back home at day's conclusion.

At The Parting Glass, the early afternoon crowd already packed the bar. As the evening went on, manager Linda DiBlasio expected a standing-room only crowd enjoying music and friends.

But, as of early afternoon, they still had corned beef and cabbage to serve, as well as some Irish beverages.

"Everything's going smooth," DiBlasio said in a brief break from the business of the day. "We're serving tons of corned beef and cabbage. The beer is flowing. People are happy."

This marked The Parting Glass' 37th St. Patrick's Day, DiBlasio noted. "It makes our year. The people are always so friendly and happy on St. Patrick's Day. I don't know what we'd do without it."

DiBlasio spoke as Irish Stepdancers prepared to take the stage inside and during a break in local singer-songwriter stalwart Kevin McKrell's performance.

Elsewhere, the Mise Eire Irish Dancers Saratoga and The Grady Girls, of Ithaca, each took the stage at Caffe Lena to a packed crowd. Revelers also enjoyed Reubens at Harvey's Restaurant & Bar.

At The Parting Glass, Ben Ellis caught up with friends outside under the sunny early afternoon sky, while wearing a festive green, over-sized Guinness hat. 

"This is where I'm from. This is a tradition. Every year we come to The Parting Glass, every St. Paddy's Day," Ellis, formerly of Schuylerville and now of Massachusetts, said.

Regarding his hat, he wasn't sure where he got it. He seems to find a new one each year.

For the Scallys, The Parting Glass was just the start of their day. Their next stop: Her aunt and uncle's house. They make their own corned beef and cabbage, she noted.

She speculated that the day would then continue, with maybe a little bit of mischief.

"We're going to have a nice dinner," she said, adding, "and then, shenanigans."

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