The 69th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, complete with plenty of Irish pipers and step dancers, will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in downtown Albany.
The parade will begin at Quail Street and Central Avenue, and will head east where it will merge into Washington Avenue. The marchers will then turn at City Hall and travel east on State Street before finishing up at Pearl Street.
A 9 a.m. mass at Blessed Sacrament Church at 607 Central Ave., will kick off the day’s activities, which will also include a reception following the mass at the Blessed Sacrament School auditorium. A 5k road race will begin at 11 a.m.
Central Avenue will be closed between Quail Street and Central Avenue at 11 a.m. due to the road race and parade preparation, while other road closures include all cross streets between Central Avenue and Quail Street. Also, throughout the road race and the parade, Eagle Street as well as North and South Pearl from Pine Street to Hudson Avenue will be closed.
In Schenectady, the Ancient Order of Hibernians at 1748 State St., will be serving corned beef sandwiches and other Irish food throughout the day from noon until 10 p.m.
The Farrell School of Irish Dance and the Schenectady Pipe Band will be among the performers, while other acts include Bailey and Quinn from 2-5 p.m. and Craig Agus Ceol from 7-10 p.m.
A $5 donation will be charged at the door.
The LepraCON pub crawl in Saratoga Springs will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, helping raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Participants dress in green and visit several city establishments. A $20 donation gets you raffle tickets for prizes as well as drink specials.
At Rivers Casino
Unforgettable Fire, a U2 tribute band, is slated to open St. Patrick’s Day weekend at Rivers Casino and Resort on Friday. The band was a popular part of the Harbor Jam music festival last summer and is back for another performance. The show starts at 8 p.m. It’s open only to Rush Rewards members, a free rewards program run by Rivers Casino. That’s also true of Mullet’s show on Saturday. The 80s hard rock tribute band will perform at 8 p.m.
On Sunday, The McKrells, a Capital Region-based Irish band, will take over the Event Center stage from 4-6 p.m. This show is free and open to the public.
For more information visit riverscasinoandresort.com.