Albany St Patricks Day Parade
Written on February 4, 2016
Annual Albany St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Mass at 9am Blessed Sacrement Church, 607 Central Ave,Albany
From Quail St and Central Ave. Travels east, merging with Washington Ave. Turns at City Hall and travels east on State St. Turns left at Pearl Street
Albany Ancient Order of Hibernians
The Ancient Order of Hibernians in America is the largest men’s Irish Catholic fraternal organization in the world. The AOH was founded in NYC in 1836 as a society that protected Catholic Churches and Clergy. In addition, the AOH provided aid to the large influx of Irish immigrants fleeing the ‘Great Hunger’ in Ireland. The Organization strives to foster the ideals and perpetuate the history, traditions, and culture of the Irish people. The Father Henry Tansey Division #5 was established in Albany in 1896 and boasts a membership of over 540 strong (one of the largest AOH
Divisions in the country) – all bound by the motto of Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity.
The South End division of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade organized and participated in every St. Patrick’s Day parade in the city of Albany since the first year. The South End Irish was founded by Patrick O’Rourke and Michael Keveney in a small pub that was then called Malone’s Bar, on Second Avenue. Pat and Mike called together a number of Albany’s South End Irish families, known by the pride they had in their Irish heritage and for the love and devotion they displayed for Ireland’s patron Saint. Irish families such as the Flannigan’s, the Walsh’s, the McLean’s, the Mullen’s and the
Mineau’s, all of whom would enthusiastically become part of a public demonstration in honor of St. Patrick and being Irish. The South End tradition continues today and makes a special tribute to Helen M. Walsh, the 1991 Grand Marshal of the St.
Patrick’s Day parade, here in Albany. Helen passed away in 2002, yet we all know she is watching over us, helping us to carry on a legacy that she helped create over 65 years ago.
There are several accounts of Saint Patrick’s death. One says that Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on March 17, 460 A.D. His jawbone was preserved in a silver shrine and was often requested in times of childbirth, epileptic fits, and as a preservative against the “evil eye.” Another account says that St. Patrick ended his days at Glastonbury, England and was buried there. The Chapel of St. Patrick still exists as part of Glastonbury Abbey. Today, many Catholic places of worship all around the world are named after St. Patrick, including cathedrals in New York and Dublin city. A toast for St Patrick’s Day, “May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out.”Saint Patrick’s Day?
Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide. Why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.
The most important element of Saint Patrick’s Day, after mass, is the Saint Patrick’s Day Parades. Over 300 Saint Patrick’s Day Parades around the world celebrate this famous Saint Patrick’s Day .
The beating heart of these Saint Patrick’s Day Parades are the Pipe Bands with their stirring music & powerful presence.