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Tonight’s the night — Schenectady Holiday Parade steps off at 5 p.m.

Tonight’s the night — Schenectady Holiday Parade steps off at 5 p.m.

'Sugar rush' is the theme
Tonight’s the night — Schenectady Holiday Parade steps off at 5 p.m.
The 50th Annual Fidelis Care Holiday Parade on State Street in Schenectady last year.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

The holiday season kicks off in downtown Schenectady today with the sights and scents of all things sweet.

The Schenectady Holiday Parade, presented by The Daily Gazette, starts off at 5 p.m. at SUNY Schenectady Community College Campus before making its way down State Street.

Hundreds of marchers will be accompanied by floats decked out in sweet stuff (think gingerbread house, candy canes, cookies, etc.) to fit the parade’s “Sugar Rush” theme.

The Schenectady Holiday Parade is one of the largest nighttime parades in the Northeast and is expected to draw 15,000 people.

Starting at 2 p.m. there will be a pre-parade festival on Jay Street and in front of City Hall. Vendors, face-painters, balloon artists and food trucks will line the street. There also will be live music from 18 Strings of Trouble and Marissa from Parakeet Slimes — a local YouTube and Instagram sensation with more than 627,000 followers — will be making slime. She’ll also be selling “Sugar Rush” slime, which features sprinkles.

Road closures in downtown Schenectady will begin at 3 p.m. and parade organizers recommend viewers arrive well before the parade starts.

Holiday parade road closures:

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 Schenectady Holiday Parade, visit dailygazette.com/holiday-parade

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