ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The 66th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Saturday.
The parade begins at 2 p.m. in front of Albany’s oldest tavern at the corner of Central Avenue and Quail Street. Irish pipers, step dancers, local dignitaries, and a number of local organizations will march along on foot and on floats through the streets of downtown Albany.
Preparations for the big event were underway on Friday. While the city was busy setting up each and every road block, local bars were increasing their stock.
“We ordered an extra 60 to 70 cases of beer,” The Clubhouse co-owner Adam McMullen said.
It’s McMullen’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade as a bar owner. He took over The Clubhouse on Central Avenue. It sits right on the parade route.
“With the weather being 60 to 62 degrees, we’re expecting a big turnout,” he said.
McGeary’s is closer to the end of the parade route. They see just as big of a crowd. Owner Tess Collins said it takes about three months of planning and 75 people on staff to ensure things run smoothly.
“We open at 10, and we’re pretty steady all day long,” she said.
And while the Irish spirits are sure to be flowing, Mayor Kathy Sheehan is working to ensure it’s a family fun and safe event.
Police will be out in full force, and open containers are not allowed along the parade route, which ends at State Street and Lodge Street.
Road closures and parking restrictions can be found, HERE.
The actual St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17.