NISKAYUNA – The annual Niska-Day event is back this year, after being canceled in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, this year’s event will be later than usual – Aug. 21 – and will be smaller than usual, as well. There is no rain date.
“The event will be a scaled-down version,” said Michael Corcoran, the chairman of the event. “We will be having three parades starting at 10 a.m. and run simultaneously in three Niskayuna neighborhoods, instead of the one big parade— this is to limit crowding.”
While details on the exact parade routes are still to come, Corcoran said the parades will be in the Avon Crest, Old Niskayuna and Hexum Garden neighborhoods.
This year’s theme is celebrating 40 years of the Niskayuna Community Action Program. NCAP was formed in the 1980s after there was a report to the community about mental health needs in the school district, according to the event’s website. After hearing from residents that the community needed an identity, Niska-Day was created to celebrate the community and everyone in it.
Corcoran said the usual big day of events with games won’t be happening. Instead, people are invited at 4:30 p.m. to bring a blanket or some chairs, grab some food from local vendors and space out on Craig Fields, where they can listen to a band play.
“We will have many of the usual food vendors,” Corcoran said.
Around 8 p.m. the event will end with a fireworks display. He said more details will be released as the event gets closer.
“That information will eventually be on the website,” Corcoran said.
Niskayuna resident Gretchen Dizer is still celebrating Niska-Day on what would’ve been the originally scheduled day for the event —Saturday.
She’s having some family and friends over to her house to eat and hang out by a fire in her backyard. She’s also putting up signs and plans to wave to people driving by her Van Antwerp Street home.
Dizer said she bought her home seven years ago and loved the day.
“It’s fun to see the parade go by your house; you can’t help but get sucked into the festivities,” she said.