Schenectady Holiday Parade 2018

50 Years on Parade

Schenectady County kicks off the holiday season on November 17th at the Schenectady Holiday Parade. Head to Downtown Schenectady for our parade's 50th Anniversary

You'll see:

  • floats
  • bands 
  • ...and everyone's favorite big elf! 

The parade begins at SUNY Schenectady and runs up State Street to Nott Terrace. 

marching participants in the annual Schenectady Holiday Parade

Holiday Street Festival

Start the celebration early with the 2018 Pre-Parade Street Festival, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Jay Street and in front of City Hall. 

Festivities include:

  • face painting
  • balloon artists
  • live music
  • food vendors
  • crafts 
  • ...and more. 

Join us early and get a great start to the holidays at the Pre-Parade Street Festival!

North Pole float in the Schenectady Holiday Parade

The theme of the anniversary parade is "anything and everything gold." Don't miss the glitter and good times of this special occasion in Schenectady.

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