Parade Logo 2016


The Chamber of Schenectady County, an affiliate of the Capital Region Chamber, will once again present the annual Daily Gazette Holiday Parade, slated to step off at 5 p.m. Saturday, November 19 in downtown Schenectady. The parade, a Capital Region tradition, attracts 15,000 spectators who will line State Street in downtown Schenectady for what is widely known as the largest nighttime parade in the Northeast. The two-hour parade is held rain or shine…or snow!

This year the event’s theme is “Movies.” The parade will progress up State Street from Schenectady County Community College, including more than 100 floats, bands, marchers, dance troupes and decorated vehicles vying for seven top prizes.

The parade’s title sponsor, The Daily Gazette, will once again provide the Santa Claus float, which traditionally signals the parade’s end but is eagerly awaited by thousands of children. The lineup includes fire trucks, horses, Newfoundland dogs, marchers and – of course – marching bands.

The event will be videotaped by Open Stage Media and shown on public access stations during the month of December.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Chamber of Schenectady County, 518.372.5656.

Parade Route


Street Closures

At 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., the Schenectady Police Department will be closing many downtown streets including, but not limited to the following major streets (intersecting streets shall be affected also):

  • State Street (Nott Terrace to Broadway) at 3 p.m.
  • State Street B(roadway to the end of Western Gateway Bridge on the Scotia side) at 4 p.m.
  • Western Gateway Bridge (closed in both directions) at 4 p.m.
  • Erie Boulevard (State Street to Liberty) at 4 p.m.
  • Broadway (Liberty Street to Hamilton Street) at 4 p.m.
  • Lafayette Street (Liberty Street to State Street) at 4 p.m.
  • Clinton Street (Smith to State Street) at 4 p.m.
  • I-890 Washington Avenue exits will be closed (4C Westbound, Rice Road Eastbound) at 4 p.m.
  • Church Street (Argyle to Liberty Street) at 4 p.m.


FREE public parking for spectators will be available at:

  • Broadway Garage
  • Broadway Surface lot
  • Broadway and Franklin Street
  • Amtrak lot (Erie Boulevard & Liberty Street)
  • City lot located between Liberty and Franklin Street