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Thousands pack Albany for St. Patrick's Day parade

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Thousands of spectators packed the streets of Albany to watch the 64th annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade. Our Madeleine Rivera has the story.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Saint Patrick's Day might not be until Monday, but thousands came out to celebrate Saturday in Albany.

The 64th annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade was held Saturday in Albany and as usual there was plenty of green to go around.

The parade featured loads of entertainment, including Irish step dancers, bagpipers, high school marching bands, and local police and fire crews.

Senator Chuck Schumer and Albany County Executive Dan McCoy were also there to celebrate the holiday.

People in the middle of the party say the day's not just about watching the parade.

Albany resident Tom Gallagher said, "It's the only time we see them, our crowd is built to a couple hundred people now."

Clifton Park resident Mark Hines said, "It's the one day a year that bagpipes are cool I guess. I just celebrate my heritage every day."

Of course, celebrations will continue through Monday, and police are ready.

They'll have DWI checkpoints set up across the state and will be on the lookout for underage drinking.

Last Saint Patrick's Day weekend, they made more than 200 D-W-I arrests.

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