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Memorial Day Parades in the Albany, NY Area


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2016 List of Memorial Day Parades in the Capital Region

Anyone can have a parade. Only Americans can have a parade to celebrate the greatest political achievements in history: establishing and repeatedly defending a country founded on the principle of individual liberty.  Memorial Day, which was originally called Decoration Day because it was a day on which the graves of fallen soldiers were decorated, was established in the years after the Civil War to honor those who died in that war.  Today, it is a day of remembrance of all who have died in this country's service.

Bravery. Honor. In President Lincoln's famous words, giving the last full measure of devotion to the defense of freedom.  These are difficult ideas to explain to children, but it is our responsibility as parents to do it.

Start by bringing your kids to the Memorial Day Parade in your town. During the parade, demonstrate for them the solemnity and gratitude due to the veterans who march past. Take off your hats as they go by. Explain to your kids why we show respect for the flag. With them, cheer for the bands and salute the men and women in our police and fire departments. Think about those currently serving our country in the military around the world, and, perhaps, reflect with your children about the gratitude we owe their courage. Follow the lead of IAVA (the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) and pledge to take a moment of silence at 12:01 pm ET on Memorial Day to honor those veterans who have lost their lives since 9/11. If you know parents with a child in the military, take a few minutes to find a way to convey your thanks.

Click here for a brief history of Memorial Day in the U.S., courtesy of the Waterloo, NY web site. Below the following list of dates and times for this year, we have compiled some other good links for those of you ambitious enough to explore further the meaning of Memorial Day. The Waterloo Festival in 2016 takes place May 27-30 and with the parade on May 30th.

Also note: If you are marching in a parade, line-up is usually about 1/2 hour before the start of the parade.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Scotia Memorial Day Parade: Starting at 6 pm, Scotia's 89th Memorial Day Parade will be held on their main street, Mohawk Avenue. 

Town of Colonie Memorial Day Service: 6 pm at the Crossings.

Waterford Memorial Day Parade: 7 pm followed by a service at Soldiers and Sailors Park.

Thursday, May 26, 2016 

City of Cohoes Annual Memorial Day Parade: The parade will commence at West End Park at 6:30 pm, with step off scheduled for 7PM. The parade route will move east  along Columbia Street and then north along Remsen Street to Canal Square and finish at the review stand. This years Grand Marshall is Leo J. Falconio.

Saratoga Springs Memorial Day Parade: Come honor those who have given their lives for our country. The City of Saratoga Springs invites you to the 2016 Memorial Day    Parade and Commemorative Ceremony starting at 6:30 pm. Join with our local veteran groups and organizations to honor all those lost in service to our country. The parade will begin at the corner of Union and Nelson then continue to Regent Street and end in Greenridge Cemetery with the closing ceremony. 

56th Annual Rotterdam Memorial Day ParadeStarts at 6:30 pm sharp. The parade will begin at Warrior Path-Mohonasen High School and finish at the Rotterdam Town Hall at Rotterdam Town Hall on Sunrise Boulevard. Memorial Service on Monday, May 30 at 2:30 pm at Rotterdam Town Hall Monument.

Schoharie Memorial Day Parade: Starts at 6:30 pm followed by a service at Veterans Park at the corner of Main and Spring.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Greenwich Memorial Day ParadeGreenwich V.F.W. Post #7291 and Greenwich Post 515 American Legion will sponsor this annual parade, which steps off at 6 pm from the Bridge at Washington St., up Main St., on to Wilson St., & ends at the VFW on Abeel Ave. 

South Glens Falls ParadeSteps off at 6 pm starting at the corner of Haviland and Main St. Continue down Main Street, right on Fifth to Ferry Blvd. and into Veterans Park for a brief ceremony.

Stillwater Memorial Day Parade: Starts at 6 pm. Hudson Avenue and Route 4 will be closed for the evening.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Ballston Spa: Starts at 9 am, will process down Milton Avenue with a wreath ceremony at the bridge over the Kayadeross, followed by a ceremony at the Village's war memorials on Low Street. 

Delanson Memorial Day Parade: Line up begins on Cooley Heights at 10:30 an and continues down 395 through the Village of Delanson with a Memorial Ceremony at Memorial Park.  The Delanson Fire Company is planning a fun-filled field day at the fire house following the parade.  There will be pizza, face painting, balloon making, nail art, DJ, firematic games and much more!!

Lake George Memorial Day Parade: The memorial parade will form on Westbrook Road and proceed at 11:30 am, north on Canada Street to Shepard Park.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Downtown Albany Memorial Day Parade: Steps off at 9 am at Ontario Street and Central Ave,  and proceeds east on Central Ave, continuing east on Washington Ave to parade’s end at N. Hawk St just east of the NYS Capitol. The Reviewing stand will be at the State Education building on Washington Avenue.

BethlehemStepping off at 11 am from the Nathaniel Adams Blanchard Post No.1040, who is once again organizing. The parade will follow the usual route from in front of the American Legion on West Poplar Drive to the Bethlehem Memorial Park on Delaware Avenue.

Bolton Landing Memorial Day Parade: Begins at 10 am at Rogers Park, proceeds to the monument for a memorial service and continues to Veterans Park.

Castleton Memorial Day Parade: The parade will begin at 10 am at the corner of Boltwood and Seaman Avenues and will conclude with ceremonies at the Mountain View Cemetery.

Corinth Memorial Day ParadeStarts at 6 pm. Parade starts at the corner of Fifth Street & Palmer Avenue, proceeds down Palmer Avenue, right on Main Street, and left on Maple St. to St. Mary's Cemetery

Glens Falls Memorial Day ParadeStarts at 10 am at the Civil War Monument on Glen Street, proceeding to Crandall Park Pond. For information call (518) 615-0446.

Hoosick Falls Memorial Day Services & Parade: Parade kicks off at 10 am at Main & Church Streets, followed by ceremonies in Wood's Park.

Knox Memorial Day Parade: Come support your community at the Knox Memorial Day Parade followed by food and fun at the firehouse and Knox Town Park. Parade starts at noon.

The Lansingburgh Memorial Day ParadeParade begins at 123rd Street & 5th Avenue, heads South on 5th Avenue, turns on 115th Street and heads to 2nd Avenue, turns onto 2nd Avenue and heads North. The Reviewing Stand is located on the East side of 2nd Avenue in Front of Standard Manufacturing Company. To participate in the Parade please call PJ Higgitt at 221-3428 to request a Parade Participation Form. The Honorary Grand Marshal is Gord Romard.

North Greenbush Memorial Day ParadeSteps off at 1:30 pm. The parade route will begin and end at the North Greenbush Town Hall and follow around Marion Avenue.

Rotterdam Memorial Day Service: at 2:30 pm at the Rotterdam Town Hall Monument.

Schenectady's Vale Cemetery Service: Formal cemetery 10:30 am. Taps, a flag raising, and the National Anthem will be on the program. Veterans’ groups representing all military branches will participate. Local dignitaries will speak briefly at the Veterans’ Plot.

Watervliet Memorial Day Parade: The parade kicks off at 10:00 am and proceeds from the Watervliet High School parking lot to 19th Street, east to 2nd Avenue, then south to 16th Street and ends at the Veteran's Memorial Park where a memorial service takes place honoring all veterans.