The 2019 Schenectady Holiday Parade presented by the Daily Gazette will be held on November 23rd at 5:00 p.m. This will be the 51st edition of the Capital Region tradition. The Daily Gazette, The Capital Region Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Schenectady will be coming together again for this wonderful occasion. This year's theme will be “Sugar Rush”! The parade's floats, dancers, bands, vehicles, and even the attendees will be ready to sparkle and make this the sweetest parade ever. Get ready to enjoy everything sweet - candyland, gingerbread houses, candy canes, desserts and more! Come celebrate with your family at Schenectady's "Sweetest" parade.
Participate in or Support the Parade
Interested in sponsoring or participating in the parade in 2020? Contact Kaci Palleschi, Events Manager of The Daily Gazette
Celebrate the parade early with the 2019 Pre-Parade Street Festival, held November 23rd from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Jay Street. Join us for the party before the party, with face painters, balloon artists, live music, food vendors, crafters, area businesses and more! Come out early, get a great parking spot, and celebrate the holidays at the Pre-Parade Street Festival.
Special guest Marissa from Parakeet Slimes will be at the Pre-Parade Festival. Parakeet Slimes has a huge Instagram and YouTube following making shiny, crunchy, and colorful slimes. Marissa will even have a special Sugar Rush slime for sale in honor of the Holiday Parade.
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.
All downtown parking on Saturday is FREE! The following lots are conveniently located near the parade route:
Schenectady Municipal Parking Garage (entrance: 407 Hamilton St)
Broadway South lot (entrance: 312 Broadway)
Broadway North lot (entrance: 102 Broadway)
Amtrak lot (entrance: 320 Liberty St)
Erie Boulevard and Liberty Street North lots (entrances: 223 Liberty St and 270 Liberty St)
City Hall lot (entrance: 407 Liberty St)
For a map and details regarding all downtown lots, please visit https://parkschenectady.com/.
The parade starts at the SCCC parking lot, and goes up State Street before turning onto Lafayette St.
Watch the 2019 Parade: