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2023 Schenectady Holiday Parade in Downtown Schenectady

The annual Schenectady Holiday Parade is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 18, 2023! This festive event is widely known as the largest nighttime holiday parade in the Northeast, and it is traditionally held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

santa on a parade float
Photo credit: Brian Moak/Brian Jude Photography

2023 Parade Details

Starting at 5:00pm on November 18, floats, dancers, bands, and vehicles will fill the streets of downtown Schenectady at the 2023 Schenectady Holiday Parade. This will be the 54th Holiday Parade, and the theme is "New York State of Mind." The parade will celebrate the best of what makes New York and Schenectady County a great place to live, work, and play.

The parade begins at SUNY Schenectady, at the corner of State Street and Washington Ave and travels up State Street to the corner of Lafayette and State 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.

The Schenectady Holiday Parade is treasured by thousands of Capital Region residents who look forward to its return every holiday season. Mark your calendar for November 18 and get ready for all the festivities.

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