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Holiday Parade Watch Guide

Photo of two school aged girls in winter coats and holiday hats sitting on the curb smiling before  the parade.

Gather around with friends, family, and neighbors along the parade route, take a stroll along State Street, grab a hot cup of cocoa or a bite to eat at your favorite Downtown restaurant, and start your holiday shopping on Jay St. 

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Come Early for LIVE music, food vendors, and plenty of family fun!

Logo Text: Pre-Parade Block Party


3:00 to 5:00PM
State Street & Jay Street
Downtown Schenectady


FREE Kids Activities Including Crafts and Face Painting
Food and Beverage Vendors
Free Child ID Sign Up with the Schenectady County Sheriff's Office
Ice Sculpture Carved LIVE on Jay St.

Take a selfie with some of your favorite holiday friends as you stroll along State Street. You never know who you may run into!

Taste Schenectady! Find a place to eat before the pre-parade party or visit one of your favorite Downtown restaurant. 

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Before the parade make your way to the corner of Jay St. and State Street for the official lighting of the City of Schenectady's Holiday Tree sponsored by Transfinder.

dancing youth participants dressed as toy soldiers and carrying batons.

Parade Kicks Off at 5:00pm

The fun begins at the corner of State Street and Washington Ave, near SUNY Schenectady. Grand Marshal's from the 109th Airlift Wing lead over one hundred floats and thousands of marchers down State Street.

Parade Route & Parking

Parade begins at SUNY Schenectady at the corner of State Street and Washington Ave and continues up State Street to the corner of Lafayette and State Street. The parade mainstage is located at the Proctors Marquee, 432 State Street. 

Expect road closures and delays throughout Downtown Schenectady! 

Road Closures & Parking Restrictions

Clinton and Broadway

State Street between Clinton and Broadway

Side streets around State Street

Interstate 890 Exit 4C 

State Street from Gateway Landing Bridge to Veeder/Nott Street

State Street from Gateway Landing Bridge to Veeder/Nott Street
No access to Erie Boulevard via 890
Erie Boulevard heading North
Erie Boulevard at Union Street


Free parking is available at the Schenectady Municipal Parking Garage on Broadway and various public surface lots within walking distance of the parade route. Some lots may be closed due to road closures. Plan ahead and avoid parking tickets using Park Schenectady. 

Park Schenectady

Thank you to the 54th Annual Holiday Parade Sponsors