5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Capital Region

From the construction of the Erie Canal to the creation of St.  Mary’s, the second Catholic church in New York State formed during America’s earliest days, the Irish have been shaping the Albany area for centuries.  And what better way to celebrate the heritage that many Capital Regionites share than by donning your greenest outfit, throwing back a Guinness and enjoying some corned beef and cabbage on St.  Patrick’s Day?  Here are five ways to do just that in and around Schenectady.


  1. Participate in Kingsway’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities

Every March, Kingsway Community residents across the campus will celebrate the holiday with parties, scavenger hunts, games, an Irish soda bread social and a events that celebrate the day.  Keep your eye on our news and events postings for the next holiday-themed free event.


  1. Visit the Irish American Heritage Museum

Opened in Albany in 1986, the Irish American Heritage Museum tells the story of the contributions of the Irish people and culture in America.  Currently on exhibit: The Irish in America, The Irish in American Labor, and Currachs and Culture on Ireland’s Islands, which explores the use of a wood-framed boat was unique to the west coast of Ireland.


  1. Catch an Irish concert

Whether you’re a fan of Irish music or not, it’s hard not to tap your foot or sway your hips when an Irish jig comes on.  On March 14, the wildly popular Dropkick Murphys will play Albany Capital Center with special guests The Bombpops, The Rumjacks and Jesse Ahern.  Then, on St.  Paddy’s Day itself, see the Tartan Terrors, an act that mixes music with folklore, dance and humor, at Cohoes Music Hall.  You also have several opportunities to see the Capital Region’s own Irish band, The McKrells, around Albany, Saratoga and beyond in the days leading up to the holiday.


  1. Attend Albany’s annual parade

Put on by The United Irish Societies of the Capital District, the Albany St. Patrick's Day Parade will celebrate its 70th year on the Saturday before the holiday.  Make it a full day of good, old-fashioned Irish family fun with 9am mass at Blessed Sacrament Church, a pancake breakfast at North Albany post, the 2pm parade (which goes from the corner of Quail and Central avenues to the corner of State and Green streets) and the Limerick Dinner Dance at the North Albany American Legion Post.


  1. Go to an Irish pub

Katie O’Byrne’s Irish Pub was named for the Dublin-born grandmother of one of the founders…So it’s a natural place to celebrate St.  Paddy’s Day! The pub and restaurant, located in Downtown Schenectady, will have a Kegs & Eggs trivia event on the morning of March 12, and a St.  Patrick’s Day Block Party with a DJ and live bands beginning at 5pm on the 17th.