ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany officials confirmed to NEWS10 on Friday that the Saint Patrick’s Day parade planned for Saturday has been postponed until next weekend.
Mother nature has another plan for this weekend, instead of four-leaf clovers, it’s a lot of snowflakes falling from the sky. The parade will take place next Saturday, March 19. Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan says the decision came down to safety.
“We do encourage people to stay off the streets when it’s snowing, so I can’t make an exception for the parade even though I am Irish and would prefer to,” said Mayor Sheehan.
Parade Committee co-chair Tim Carey says the heavy snow was aimed at the parade start time. Before they decided to postpone, many performers and dancers already canceled.
“A lot of our bands canceled because the instruments would freeze up. Also, the transportation needs would be tough right now and our dancers no one is going to be able to dance in the snow,” said Carey.
“You can’t be marching with those instruments in heavy snowfall; we have a lot of high schools that like to participate as well,” said Mayor Sheehan.
Every day at McGeary’s Irish Pub in Albany is St. Patrick’s Day. Owner Tess Collins says she and other restaurant owners around the Albany area have been preparing for weeks for parade day. However, the postponement isn’t stopping her plans.
“We’re going to have hats, and people can hang out as long as they can behave themselves. We are still going to open as usual and just hope some people come throughout the day.”
When it comes to next weekend, Collins says it will be a normal Saturday at McGeary’s.
“We are just going to move forward but who knows what we can do next Saturday,” said Collins.
Many might be wondering about all the corn beef and cabbage that was made for parade day.
“Well, I know the corned beef and cabbage has been ordered, but I don’t know what is going to happen at the Ancient Hibernian halls on Saturday. You will have to stay tuned to that,” said Mayor Sheehan.
Organizers say they decided to postpone the festivities due to the snowstorm looming over the region. For more information, take a look at Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s live interview with NEWS10’s Spencer Tracy:
Stay with News10 as members of our team will be at the parade next weekend and our own Stephanie Rivas will still be hosting.