Almost as common as booze and green clothes, St. Patrick's Day parades pepper the landscape every March. Here's a list of some of our favorites and a little about each one to get you ready for the holiday.

Albany Parade


Date: March 16
Time: 2 p.m.

This parade is in its 63rd year and is one of the biggest and best in the state. The day starts at 9 a.m. with a service at Blessed Sacrament Church, followed by a public reception.

Then, it's on to the parade at 2 p.m., which starts on the corner of Quail St. and Central Ave. It ends at Pearl St.

There is a prize given to the float that best embodies the theme. This year's theme is Faith.

Delhi Parade

Here's a look at last year's parade:

Date: March 23
Time: Noon-2 p.m.

The Greater Delhi Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a St. Patrick's Day Parade. Parade starts at Elm Street & State Highway 10 & goes through the Village of Delhi to Bridge Street.

High School Marching Bands, Pipe Band, floats, Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts, Relay for Life float and more will participate in this great small town parade.

Dutchess County Parade

Date: March 2
Time: 1 p.m.

For the past 17 years the Dutchess County St. Patrick's Parade Committee, Inc. has been hosting a yearly St. Patrick's Parade for Dutchess County on the first Saturday in March. Over the years the parade has grown to include over 3,000 participants and delighted over 10,000 spectators as it winds its way through the Village of Wappingers Falls.

Syracuse Parade


Date: March 9
Time: Noon

The St. Patrick's Day Parade in Syracuse is the largest celebration per-capita in the United States, and brings in over 100,000 visitors. With a rich Irish history, you should also check the "Green-on-Top" street light, which is the only traffic light in the country where green is above red.

In traditional cottages in Ireland and their new communities in America, Irish families made homes for themselves and shared what they had with their neighbors and friends. The Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade salutes the spirit of love and friendship that spread through Central New York with the help of Irish hospitality.

Utica Parade

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Date: March 9
Time: 10 a.m.

2013 marks the 20th year of the Utica St. Patrick's Day Parade. It will start on Genesee St., marching north from Oneida Square for nearly a mile before stopping for judging at Columbia St. Judging takes place in front of the historic Stanley Theatre.

The City of Utica's St. Patrick's Day Parade was started approximately 36 years ago by Johnnie Oakes and a small group of Irishmen that walked down Varick Street. It has since grown into a huge annual event.