Santa hadn’t even hit State Street on Saturday night when the kids started cheering, “Santa, Santa!”
As soon as he appeared, their faces lit up with smiles, their eyes gleaming with delight at the light that adorned Santa’s workshop.
The children standing on the street jumped with joy, S at the top of their lungs. as were screamingAnta stood waving on his sleigh.
It was the final float of the much awaited Schenectady Holiday Parade.
The parade, which is the largest nighttime parade in the Northeast, featured several floats, fire trucks, dancers and marching bands.
This year’s theme was superheroes, which also featured the pandemic frontline workers.
Several tableaux thanked those who continued to serve on the front lines during the pandemic, including police, firefighters, members of the Public Works Department and in the medical fields.
This year’s Grand Marshal was Rodalene “Rodale” Sumiran, a full-time nurse in the intensive care unit at Ellis Hospital.
A crowd of people gathered in about five rows. Some spectators began to claim places near the stage, located outside the Proctors Theatre, hours before the parade began.
Paradox’s Vicky Gray was one of those people. She, her 10-year-old daughter Elizabeth and friends Mark, Angelus and Vinny Pardi were all seated on chairs tied in blankets.
Vicky Gray said she lived in Scotia and had been to parades before, but wanted to make new memories with her daughter.
“It’s a wonderful parade,” she said.
Outside the state office building at 328 State Street, Sarah Onley sat in her chair waiting for the parade to begin.
“I found my place a week ago,” she said.
His plan was to set up his GoPro camera along the railing and pass it on as a videotape of the parade.
Further down the route and a little closer to start time, Jeremy Duquette and his 10-year-old daughter, Rosalegh Duquette, sat in the crowd waiting to float.
The last time they attended the parade was 2018. While Rosalie was excited to see Santa, her father was delighted that the parade was honoring the heroes.
“Great to see all the first-responders,” he said. “I am very grateful that it is back after Covid.”
He said it is not just a holiday without a parade.
Tanya Viveros was also grateful for returning the parade.
“I love seeing the community come together,” she said.
She said that it was great to see the marching band of Mohanasen Central School District in the parade as she graduated from high school.
Viveiros sat not far from the grand stage with her husband Mark and kids: 7-year-old Ella, 12-year-old Madison and 10-year-old Jordan.
Tanya Viveros said that a few years ago the girls were actually part of the parade with their Girl Scout contingent.
This year they were enjoying watching all the floats.
Both Jordan and Madison Viveiros said they love to see all the dogs in the parade.
“We are an animal family,” said Tanya Viveros, noting that she has two puppies.
Certainly the family wasn’t surprised when Ella Viveros said she was most excited about Santa at the parade.
Also excited to end the night with a visit to Santa was 4-year-old Vivian Daskalakis, who was at the parade with her grandmother Laura Cataldo and cousin Luisa Bechard. They left from Albany to catch all the action. As he floated away, he smiled at the people at him. But when Santa went by them, they became insensitive while smiling at each other.
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