Toasts and tunes are always part of St. Patrick’s Day. There were plenty of both around the Capital Region in 1998 and 1999. Irish Americans and their friends wore green, marched in parades, played bagpipes and drums and raised pints to salute the saint — and the coming of spring.
Jim Callery, owner of Partner’s Pub in Johnstown raises an Irish toast with friends on March 17, 1999 — St. Patrick’s Day.
Kevin DiMura — also known as Charlie Taps — dances down Central Avenue in Albany during the city’s 1998 St. Patrick's Day parade.
Sara King of Albany offers an Irish smile and wave during Albany’s St. Patrick's Day parade on March 13, 1999.
Spectators wore white, green and black outfits to Schenectady’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1998.
Carli McCoy of Albany had a spot on a float during Albany’s 1999 parade and she had a smile for spectators.
Members of the Munro Family Bagpipes and Drum band entertain the Irish faithful at McGeary’s Pub in Albany on St. Patrick’s Day 1998. Music. marching, food and drink are often on the agenda for the prespring parties.
Albany folk singer Paddy Kilrain talked about her music and Irish heritage in 1998.
Schenectady Hibernians celebrate the season during the city’s 1998 St. Patrick’s Day parade on Jay Street.