The kick-off to the holiday season in the Capital Region begins tonight with the Schenectady Holiday Parade.
It’s known as the largest nighttime parade in the Northeast and is expected to draw upwards of 15,000 people from across the Capital Region and beyond.
Here’s what to know if you plan to go:
- The parade steps off at 5 p.m. at SUNY Schenectady Community College, heading down State Street and ending at Lafayette Street.
- Before the parade, at 4 p.m., “American Idol” finalist Madison VanDenburg will debut her latest song “The Light of Christmas” at the Grand Stand on State Street. The song was written by multi-platinum songwriters Kenny Lamb and Anthony Little and it speaks to the feeling of being together around the holidays.
- After a year off, the parade’s return will celebrate superheroes, including frontline workers who persisted through the pandemic. One such frontline worker, Rodelin “Rodel” Sumiran, a full-time nurse in the intensive care unit at Ellis Hospital, will serve as the parade’s grand marshal.
- Attendees are encouraged to wear a mask.
- Free parking is available at the Broadway Garage, Broadway Surface lot, Broadway and Franklin Street, Amtrak lot (Erie Boulevard & Liberty Street) and the city lot located between Liberty and Franklin Streets.
Attendees should plan to arrive early, as the Schenectady Police Department will be closing streets around the parade route between 2 and 4 p.m.
- The holiday parade will be held rain or shine. For more information visit dailygazette.com/holiday-parade.
- Those who can’t attend in person can watch via youtube.com.
The following major streets will be closed for the parade (intersecting streets will also be affected):
- State Street (Nott Terrace to Broadway) at 2 p.m.
- State Street (Washington Avenue to Broadway) at 4 p.m.
- Western Gateway Bridge will be closed to all traffic at 4 p.m.
- Erie Boulevard (Union Street to State Street) at 4 p.m.
- Erie Boulevard (South Ferry Street to State Street) at 4 p.m.
- Broadway (Liberty Street to Hamilton Street) at 4 p.m.
- I-890 Washington Avenue exits will be closed (4C Westbound, Rice Road Eastbound) at 4 p.m.