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St. Patrick's Day events round-up

St. Patrick's Day events round-up

Block party, parade set Saturday
St. Patrick's Day events round-up
Parade-goers all decked out, and puffed out, at last year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in Albany.
Photographer: gazette file photo

There are plenty of St. Patrick’s Day events on tap for those looking to celebrate the holiday. 

Some are several decades in the making while others are newcomers, but whether you’re looking for Celtic music or corned beef dinner, there’s something on the line-up that will pique your interest.

Block Party:
Schenectady’s Katie O’Byrnes Irish Pub & Restaurant will host a block party on Saturday. Katie’s Kegs and Eggs event will start off at 8 a.m. with a build your own bloody Mary bar. At 4 p.m. there will be live music from David J., Grand Central Station and 2096.  

Next too far away, at Frog Alley Brewing Co. there will be a country-infused block party. Co-presented with 107.7 GNA, the event will feature live music from Granger Smith and Earl Dibbles. Skeeter Creek will start off the day at 12:30 p.m. followed by Big Sky Country and Tyler Braden.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For more info visit eventbrite.com.   

The Parting Glass: 
The Parting Glass has a lot to celebrate this week with not only St. Patrick’s Day but its 39th anniversary. 

On Saturday, the Kevin McKrell Trio will perform at 5 p.m. ($5) followed by Kilshandra at 8 p.m. ($5). Then, on Sunday, the establishment will celebrate its anniversary with step dancers at noon and Forthlin Road at 2 p.m. 

The celebrations continue on St. Patrick’s Day with step dancers, an Irish Celtic session and performances by Forthlin Road and McKrell. The performances start off at 11 a.m. with the Irish Celtic Session, then McKrell takes the stage at 12:30 p.m. followed by Irish step dancers at 4 p.m. and Forthlin Road at 5:30 p.m. For more info visit partingglasspub.com. 

The Screaming Orphans return to Proctors on Saturday for a weekend of Irish Hooley. 

Joan, Gráinne, Angela and Marie Thérèse Diver, the four sisters who make up The Screaming Orphans, are County Donegal, Ireland natives who have performed together since they were kids. 

Over the years they’ve recorded with Peter Gabriel, performed with Joni Mitchell and been named Best Rock Band at the Irish Music Awards. They’ve also released a dozen albums. 

On Saturday, they’ll perform from 1-2 p.m. Then the Boland School of Irish Dance will take over the stage from 2-3 p.m. before joining up with the Screaming Orphans from 3-4 p.m. 

Food, beer and spirits will be available for purchase. (If you can’t make it to Saturday’s show, The Screaming Orphans will be at the Universal Preservation Hall on Sunday starting at 1 p.m.).

Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for kids.  

Also on Saturday, The Irish Comedy Tour takes over the stage at Proctors. The tour includes comedians Derek Richards, Mike McCarthy, Damon Leibert and Derrick Keane; all of whom have ancestors hailing from Ireland. Each has his own comedic specialty, though a running theme of the show will be Irish myths and stereotypes. 

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. For more info visit proctors.org. 

The 70th annual Albany St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday. It starts off on the corner of Quail Street and Central Avenue and ends where State Street meets Green. The parade’s grand marshalls will be Mark Scully of Watervliet and MaryBeth Durkee of Troy.  For more info visit albanystpatricksdayparade.com. 

There will be parade celebrations at Waterworks Pub and Molly O’Bryan’s among other venues. 

LepreCon St. Patrick’s Crawl Albany 
Starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday there will be a LepreCon St. Crawl in Albany. Attendees can bar hop into Sunday and dress the part for a costume contest.

There will be drink specials, professional photographers and live entertainment throughout the crawl. Tickets are $10 on Thursday, $15 on Friday and $20 on Saturday. For more info visit LepreCon St. Patrick’s Crawl Albany on Facebook. 

Rivers Casino & Resort:  
The McKrells will take over Van Slyck’s at Rivers Casino & Resort on St. Patrick’s Day. The Celtic bluegrass band is a favorite in the Capital Region. Led by Kevin McKrell, a member of the Capital District Hall of Fame, the band plays throughout the region. It will be playing from 7-9. Also in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Rivers will be serving Irish beef shank with cabbage and potatoes throughout the day. For more info visit riverscasinoandresort.com. 

If you’re away this weekend but still want to celebrate, catch the Saratoga LepraCON on Saturday, March 21. From noon to 8:30 p.m. starting at the Soundbar Saratoga, more than 500 “LepraCONs” will be heading around the city for a bar crawl for a cause. Registration is $25 the day of and $20 in advance and the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society of the Capital Region. There will be drink specials, give-a-ways, and more. For more info visit 5th Annual Saratoga LepraCON on Facebook. 

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