Irish eyes smiling at Albany's St. Patrick's Day Parade

Posted at: 03/16/2014 4:09 AM
Updated at: 03/16/2014 4:24 AM
By: Dan Levy

ALBANY - It’s the one day of the year when everyone who wants to be Irish, IS Irish. When you attend the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Albany, it’s almost impossible not to become immersed in the Irish heritage that runs so rich in the community, especially if you’re a first generation immigrant from the Emerald Isle.

“My Father is from Baldwin and my mother is from Kerry. It does make me homesick,” said Assem. Pat Fahy.

It just so happens the city’s brand new mayor, Kathleen Sheehan, even without the parade, happens to know something about Irish culture.

“I come by it honestly. My mother was an O’Connor, and my father was a Moran. I grew up with wonderful Irish traditions and it’s a great day,” said Sheehan, as she walked the parade route.

Whether you’re purebred, or just pretending to be Irish, tradition dictates that everyone dress in green, sometimes from head to toe, often adorned with shamrocks, and sometimes wearing your pride to extremes. When Albany celebrates St. Patrick’s Day, the spirit of Erin Go Bragh fills the air.

“I love the parade. I always said that when I was younger. Today’s a great day,” said Caitlin Hotaling, a paradegoer.

It’s a great day to play bagpipes and wear a kilt, it’s a great day to be an Irish dancer, and it’s a great day to perform in your high school’s marching band.”

“St. Patrick’s Day to me is a great time for family and friends,” said Zach Hitt, another paradegoer.

It’s even a great time if you’ve never experienced St. Patrick’s Day ever in your life.

 “I’m from Austria and so I’m only hear for the year. It’s pretty cool,” said Camilla Reis, also watching the parade.

For as long as St. Patrick’s parades exist, Irish eyes will keep on smiling.