Something sweet this way comes.
On Saturday, downtown Schenectady will be filled with the scent of chocolate during the Schenectady Holiday Parade presented by The Daily Gazette. Kicking off at 5 p.m. at SUNY Schenectady Community College campus, hundreds of marchers will make their way down State Street accompanied by decorated floats.
The parade will celebrate Candy Land, gingerbread houses, candy canes, desserts and more with its "Sugar Rush" theme.
A Cookie Monster float from Price Chopper/Market 32 will provide the chocolate scent and Mona Golub, the vice president of public relations at the supermarket chain will be the master of ceremonies.
“People will be smelling chocolate as Cookie Monster floats down the parade route,” Golub said at a recent press conference.
Throughout the parade, local marching bands will perform, along with dance troupes and other groups. Shane Bargy, the executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady, is slated to be the parade's grand marshal. Bargy is a Mont Pleasant High School graduate who has worked to create partnerships that benefit youth and families in Schenectady County.
The Holiday Parade is one of the largest night time parades in the northeast and it’s seen as a kick-off to the holiday season in Schenectady. Organized by The Daily Gazette, along with The Capital Region Chamber of Commerce and the City of Schenectady, the parade is expected to draw 15,000 people this year.
Before the marchers start marching and the floats start moving, there will be a street festival on Jay Street and in front of City Hall. Starting at 2 p.m., vendors, face painters and food trucks will line the street. There will also be live music and Marissa from Parakeet Slimes, a local YouTube and Instagram sensation with more than 627,000 followers, will be making slime.
Organizers recommend that attendees plan to head to the event early, as road closings will start at 3 p.m.
Road closure schedule:
Between 3-4 p.m. the Schenectady Police Department will be closing several downtown streets including, but not limited to the following streets (intersecting streets will also be affected):
State Street (Nott Terrace to Broadway): 3 p.m.
State Street (Broadway to the end of Western Gateway Bridge on the Scotia side): 4 p.m.
Western Gateway Bridge (closed in both directions): 4 p.m.
Erie Boulevard (State Street to Liberty Street): 4 p.m.
Broadway (Liberty Street to Hamilton Street): 4 p.m.
Lafayette Street (Liberty Street to State Street): 4 p.m.
Clinton Street (Smith to State Street): 4 p.m.
1-890 Washington Avenue exits will be closed (4C Westbound, Rice Road Eastbound): 4 p.m.
Church Street (Argyle Place to Liberty Street): 4 p.m.
Note: Those who plan to attend performances and shows in downtown Schenectady that coincide with the parade, like “Frozen” at Proctors, visit the venue's website or call ahead for parking details.
For more info about The Daily Gazette Holiday Parade, visit dailygazette.com/holiday-parade