Thursday, November 12, 2015


Everybody loves a parade!  And my favorite local parade is the Veterans Day parade in Albany.  Last year the weather was simply perfect, but this year we had a little rain.  Don't get me wrong, I love the rain but not on a parade.  But despite the light rain and drizzle the turn out was spectacular.    As always the Albany Police Mounted Unit and Honor Guard led the parade.

Followed by the Pipe and Drum Corp., which is always spectacular.
These flags are to represent those from the Capital Region who have died in battle.
This Old Guard is from Delmar.
My favorite, the Yankee Doodle Band from Rensselaer.  They are comprised of a diverse group of men and women and of all ages.  They sound so crisp and professional, always a delight.
The first band is Mohonasen.
Two young ladies are the Band Leaders!!
Next came Schalmont.
Then Albany High School.
We always stand close to the end of the parade route, so the Rotterdam Elks are folding the poor rain soaked flag.
The Uncle Sam Singers from Troy.
This Old Guard is from Coxsackie.
CBA always takes the end of the parade.
And the hour long parade, that also included the Watervliet Arsenal, Veterans' Groups, Military Groups and other civic organisations ends with the Patriot Guard.
After the parade we headed down the hill to Albany Pump Station  for lunch this year.
The Albany Pump Station and C.H. Evans Brewing Co. are in the building that originally housed the
The building dates back to the 1870's and pumped municipal water form the Hudson River.
Take a look inside.
Since it was a cool and damp day I chose French Onion Soup and my favorite appetizer, fried pickles.
Lunch was the gobbler-- turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce on a soft baguette.
And for desert, a house made Nutella Mousse.
All in all the rain could not dampen a wonderful day celebrating our brave Veterans.  And it is always great to end the day with a good meal.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Veterans Day, and remember you can thank a Vet any day!!!!

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