Holiday celebrations take on different look in Scotia and Glenville

Santa gets a ride with Classic Carriage of Johnstown at the village of Scotia's 21st annual Holiday on the Avenue in 2017.
Santa gets a ride with Classic Carriage of Johnstown at the village of Scotia's 21st annual Holiday on the Avenue in 2017.

There will be no Scotia parade nor “Holiday on the Avenue” down Mohawk Avenue in the first week of December this year, and no town-sponsored tree lighting at the crossroads in the Glenville Center business district.

So, both Scotia and Glenville are planning alternative celebrations. In Scotia, a parade will come to the residents, while Glenville will arrange a “reverse” drive-by parade.

Both are ways to offer a little holiday light and cheer to residents who want to celebrate, despite the COVID-19 pandemic that has ended, for now, the traditional events that draw crowds into local communities.

Scotia celebration organizers are planning to take the traditional parade to the people on Sunday, Dec. 6 — the date when the celebration would traditionally be held.

“Starting around 2 p.m. we will form a procession to go around the village with participation from the Fire and Police Departments, a special musical guest, a few other entries and Mr. & Mrs. Claus themselves. We are working on a route that will effectively cover the whole village,” organizers wrote in a Facebook post.

Glenville town officials, meanwhile, are working with the local fire companies and other organizations to organize what they’re calling a “reverse parade.” Though the term is different, the concept will be familiar to anyone who has driven through a holiday lights display, several of which are Capital Region traditions.

For one evening, Saturday, Dec. 19, lit and decorated fire trucks, DPW plow trucks, police vehicles and other displays will be set up along the access road through Maalwyck Park on Route 5. The event will run from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., said Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle. The event will be for one night only.

The “reverse parade” will be safe for all those involved, Koetzle said. “You’ll come in one entrance, go out the other entrance,” he said. “You don’t get out of your car. There is no contact. We’re expecting a pretty good turnout for it.”

Koetzle said he expects all six of the town’s volunteer departments to participate, along with police departments and possibly some county DPW equipment — so people can count on getting a nice experience out of the event, which will be free. “I think it will be a sizeable display,” he said. “We want to make sure we have something to celebrate when we can’t do the things we usually do.”

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