Pot of Gold for Irish revelers in Albany

March 15, 2019 02:25 PM

ALBANY – St. Patrick's Day is Sunday but it will be Saturday that will have Irish eyes smiling in downtown Albany. There are three major events.

At noon, it's the annual North Albany Limerick Parade on the Albany-Menands line. At the same time, it's the 2nd Annual Irish Sweat-er 5k road race backed by the Irish American Heritage Museum in partnership with the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) and Albany Running Exchange Event Promotions (AREEP).

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The fun run for all ages takes place along the route of the 69th Annual Albany St. Patrick's Day Parade, just before the parade steps off at 2 p.m.

Albany Police say they will have a strong presence at all three and hope people are responsible.

"If you plan on drinking alcohol, it must be done inside," said Steve Smith of the Albany Police Dept. "Open container is not tolerated, will not be tolerated. So officers will be out in order to keep people safe but they will also be enforcing the open container law."

"We just ask people to be the ears and eyes for the police. We can't do our job alone, but if you see any suspicious persons, any suspicious activities, we ask that you approach a police officer."

There is also a special designated number for quality of life or parade issues: (518) 300-5070.

"This is a family-friendly event and we'd like to keep it that way," Smith said.

MORE INFORMATION: Albany St. Patrick's Day Parade road closures and parking restrictions


WNYT Staff

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