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Memorial Day Parades in the Albany, NY Area

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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.

Click here for a list of this year's Memorial Day Ceremonies as compiled by the National Cemetery Administration 

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


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Duanesburg Memorial Day Parade in Delanson: The Mariaville Volunteer Fire Department will be the lead local fire department in the parade and participate in the memorial ceremony after the parade.


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Scotia Memorial Day Parade: Starting at 6:15 pm. 

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 23, 2019

City of Cohoes Annual Memorial Day Parade: The parade will commence at West End Park at 6:30pm, with step off scheduled for 7 pm. The parade route will move east along Columbia Street and then north along Remsen Street to Canal Square.

Saratoga Springs Memorial Day Parade:  Staging will begin at 6:00PM on North Broadway. Parade will begin at 6:30, and proceed through the center of Saratoga where we'll finish in Congress Park

Rotterdam Memorial Day ParadeStarts at 6:30 pm sharp at Mohonasen High School and will end at Sunrise Boulevard.

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 24, 2019

Greenwich Memorial Day Parade: Greenwich V.F.W. Post #7291 and Greenwich Post 515 American Legion will sponsor this annual parade, which steps off at 6 pm.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

East Greenbush Parade: Parade will step off from the East Greenbush Bowling Center and proceed East to Hayes Rd. Pause at the Cemetery and conclude at the EG VFW. Step-off @ 10am

Lake George Memorial Day Parade: This year, the parade will begin on Westbrook Road at 12 pm and then travel down Canada Street in the heart of Lake George Village. 

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Rensselaer: Opening ceremonies will begin at 1 pm and will take place at the Doane Stuart School at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Forbes Avenue across from the Beverwyck Cemetery. The Parade will step off from the same intersection at 2 pm and will end at the Rensselaer City Hall on the Corner of Third Avenue and Washington Street.  This year's parade route will be Broadway.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Downtown Albany Memorial Day Parade: The Albany Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10 am on Central Avenue between Partridge Street and the NSY Education Building. This event is hosted by the Tri-county Council of Vietnam Era Veterans.

Berne: The parade begins at 10 am and proceeds west through the village of Berne. 

Bethlehem: Stepping 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: Parade begins at 10 am. Parade from Rogers Park to Veterans Park - Memorial Service, Hot Dogs, Music & Fun by DJ Andy Pratt

Castleton Memorial Day Parade: The annual Castleton-on-Hudson/Schodack Memorial Day Parade will be held on May 29, stepping off at 10 am from Boltwood Avenue.

Glens Falls Memorial Day ParadeStarts at 10 am. The parade route follows Glen Street - State Route 9 to the Peace and Victory Monument in Crandall Park on Upper Glen Street.

Hoosick Falls Memorial Day Services & Parade: Parade kicks off at 10 am. The parade will begin at Wood Park on Main St. onto John St. Church St. and back down Main St. to Wood Park.

North Greenbush Memorial Day ParadeSteps off at 1:30 pm at Town Hall. Veteran’s Ceremony at conclusion of Parade.

Old Forge Parade and Wreath-Laying Ceremony. Parade down Main Street at 10am with ceremonies at school, fire hall & cemetery. Refreshments after at Old Forge Fire Hall.

Sand Lake: steps off at 10 am. Proceeds east on NY 43 to the Sand Lake Veteran's Memorial Park.

Schagticoke Memorial Day Parade steps off at 7 pm, from Kalbfleisch Lane, Melrose.

Schenectady's Vale Cemetery Service: At 10:30 am, a ceremony sponsored by combined veterans’ organizations. A patriotic ceremony with music, speeches by politicians, notables, rituals of respect for veterans. 

South Glens Falls ParadeSteps off at 6 pm starting at the corner of Haviland and Main St. Continue down Main Street, right onto Fifth, then  Veterans Memorial Park.

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