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Annual Holiday Parade Presented by the City and County of Schenectady

THANKS FOR WATCHING! The 53rd Annual Holiday Parade was a blast! 

Thank you for dreaming big and kicking off the holiday season with Schenectady County.  Watch the parade online and look back at our favorite moments.

Parade Highlights



See You Next Year!

The SS Dali! A colorful float featuring a pirate ship, brightly colored butterflies, and LED lights. Designed and built by C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios.

The Northeast's Largest Nighttime Holiday Parade!
Presented by the City & County of Schenectady

Saturday, November 18, 2023

A Storied Holiday Tradition! Schenectady County ushers in the holiday season in Downtown Schenectady with the largest nighttime parade in the Northeast. Sparking floats, glittering firetrucks, marching bands, dance troupes, and a special visit from Santa Claus. It's fun for the whole family. 

Gather around with friends, family, and neighbors along the parade route, take a stroll along State Street, grab a hot cup of coccoa or a bite to eat at your favorite Downtown restaurant, and start your holiday shopping on Jay St.  Come early and dance in the streets at Schenectady County's Holiday Block Party!

What to expect!

Sparkling Floats

Sparkling Floats

Dozen's of brighly decorated and illuminated floats built by local volunteers!

Glittering Firetrucks

Glittering Firetrucks

Decorated firetrucks, police cars, snow plows, and more decked out in holiday style.

Festive Marching Bands

Festive Marching Bands

Holiday tunes performed by local marching bands, drumlines, and musicians. 

Spectacular Dancers

Spectacular Dancers

Local dancers dance down state street with holiday-infused routines. 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

He is making his list and checking it twice! Santa and Mrs. Claus make their first official visit to Schenectady County spreading holiday cheer and reminding everyone to be kind

Be Part of the Parade!

Sign up to march or register your float, and spread holiday cheer!

Register Today!