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.
Irish eyes are smiling and Irish lips are laughing during the 1982 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Albany on March 13, 1982.
The Schenectady Pipe Band marched and made music during the 1984 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Albany.
Kathleen Sweeney of Clifton Park celebrates the 1987 St. Patrick's Day season with a trip to Proctor's Theatre and a concert by The Chieftains.
The luckiest man in the 1984 Albany St. Patrick's Day Parade wasn't carrying a shamrock — he was wearing one.
Two Irish women help the South End rise again during the 1984 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Albany.
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.
White jackets and bow ties are in style for young Schenectady Hibernians in 1966.
Young Schenectady Hibernians posed for a photo in 1966.
Eight letters and eight young women mean Albany’s Limerick outfit has arrived for the 1982 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Albany.
An Irish lad and lass make sure a cap is properly fitted in March 1987.
Schenectady Mayor Frank J. Duci, left, helps unfurl the Irish flag on March 17, 1977. Continuing from left, Toni Doherty, Molly Corrigan and Schenectady Ancient Order of Hibernians President Richard Doherty help put the colors to flight in Veterans’ Park.
An Irish cheerleader marches during the 1984 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Albany.