Albany's St. Patrick's Day Parade comes with a hefty price tag

March 16, 2018 10:19 PM

ALBANY - St. Patrick's Day means thousands of people in the Capital Region will be decked out in green on Saturday.
As the city does every year, Albany will be shelling out a lot of "green" of it's own to fund their annual parade. Between police and fire over time, organization and clean up, Saturday's parade could cost the city as much as $100,000.

The parade committee will be giving the city $10,000 to help offset the cost, but that still means a lot of taxpayer dollars will be funneled into the celebration -- raising the question, is it worth it? Albany's Mayor Kathy Sheehan says yes.

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"This isn't a parade that is just about the city of Albany," explained Sheehan. "The parade committee is made up of the fraternal organizations and Irish organizations throughout the region. This is a regional parade and so that sense of ownership and that sense of stewardship of the parade is something that we've seen grow."

Over the past few years, the mayor says the city has done a lot to bring down the cost of the parade and make it more family friendly.  



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