Revelers flock to Albany for 62nd Annual St. Patrick's Day parade
Irish music, dancers and a lot of green took over the streets of downtown Albany on Saturday, as thousands took advantage of the nice weather to check out the annual St. Patrick's Day parade. Our C.J. Spang has more.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- A sea of green filled the streets as revelers took in the 62nd annual St. Patrick's Day parade on a gorgeous afternoon.
"What a beautiful day we're having today," said Luann DeMarco of Colonie. "And everybody is out. I've never seen a crowd like this for St. Patrick's Day before. It's wonderful."
"Can't get better weather than this," said Sean Siegel of New York City. "I wore a hooded sweatshirt. I overdressed."
"We've been coming for years, coming for years," said Bill Ryan of Voorheesville. "Has to be the nicest day ever."
While things have been known to get out of hand on St. Patrick's Day - that didn't appear to be the case this year.
"It didn't get too crazy like it did last year," said Linda Rae Lebrecht of Colonie. "People kept themselves together this year."
"It's just the whole day is a lot of fun for the city," Siegel said. "Everyone is going to have a good time and it's going to be safe, not like last year."
It's a good time for many as the Irish traditional is a popular draw for people across the state.
"(The) parade is great," Siegel said. "It's great for the community. I actually live in New York City. I came all the way up for this because I know Albany has a great St. Patrick's Day tradition."