From Santa Claus to Sinterklaas, special guests abound at Christmas parades in New York! The parades begin with Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and march right up to Christmas. Clayton’s Christmas in Lights Parade ends with fireworks; Greenwich features their Annual Holiday Lighted Tractor Parade. In addition, Christmas parades in Kingston and Rhinebeck celebrate old Dutch traditions!
Christmas Lights Parade in Clayton
Clayton’s Christmas parade in New York State will take place Saturday, December 7. First, a cookie sale, carriage rides, festival of trees and craft show take place. Second, the parade steps off at 6 p.m. Third, fireworks are shot off over the river following the parade.
Greenwich Holiday Lighted Tractor Parade
Of the many Christmas parades in New York State, this one rolls through historic Greenwich. Generally, 60 or more tractors parade through town. Each one, accordingly, is decorated with more than 1,000 Christmas lights. This Christmas parade takes place Saturday, November 23, 2019, at 6 p.m.
Olean’s Santa Claus Lane Parade Joins Featured Christmas Parades in New York State
The Santa Claus Lane Parade is held each year the Friday after Thanksgiving. Therefore, it is taking place November 29, 2019, at 7 p.m. Floats, musicians, vehicles, and Santa and Mrs. Claus, in short, will appear.
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The Children’s Maritime Parade in Kingston During Sinterklaas
Old Dutch traditions are part of two Christmas parades in New York State. The first is The Children’s Maritime Parade in Kingston. Accordingly, it takes place the last Saturday in November during the Sinterklaas Send-Off Celebration. The parade date for 2019, therefore, is November 30. In addition, children carry crowns and branches and are honored as kings and queens.
The Children’s Starlight Parade in Rhinebeck During Sinterklaas
The second parade is The Children’s Starlight Parade. Correspondingly, it takes place the first Saturday in December. This marks, accordingly, the end of Sinterklaas Festival Day in Rhinebeck. In 2019 the date is December 7. Significantly, the children carry stars, bringing light out of darkness.
The Frewsburg Santa Parade Added to Christmas Parades in New York State
Frewsburg’s Annual Santa Parade is an old-fashioned parade. Hence, it features horse-drawn carriages and wagons. The parade is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, accordingly. In 2019 the date is November 29. Santa brings up the the rear of the parade. After that, he visits with children at his house on the fire department’s grounds.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the world’s largest parades. Hence, it features giant balloons, popular performers, lavish floats and grand marching bands. Central Park West from 59th to 75th Streets is a popular area to watch the parade. The parade date, specifically, is November 28, 2019.
Lancaster/Bowmansville Christmasville Fire Truck Parade
Nearly 200 entries participated in last year’s Fire Truck Parade. Accordingly, a large number of entries are expected for the November 30, 2019, Christmas parade. The parade will step off from Lancaster High School. Next, it will make its way down Central Avenue to downtown Lancaster. The parade is a free, family-friendly event.
Christmas Parades in New York State Include Jamestown Christmas Parade
The Jamestown Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration will take place December 7, 2019. Festivities begin with live music at 5 p.m. After that, tree lighting will take place. Thirdly, the Jamestown Christmas Parade will kick off about 6:20 p.m. Following the parade, Santa will lead the fireworks celebration.
Schenectady Holiday Parade
The Schenectady Holiday Parade takes place annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Therefore, the parade will step off November 23 in 2019. Because it is known as the largest nighttime holiday parade in the Northeast, over 10,000 people are expected to attend. Giant floats will light the streets of the parade route.
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