BROADALBIN – With the sounds of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman” filling the air, the holiday season began in the village Monday with the ninth annual Broadalbin Holiday Parade.
Santa Claus, the Grinch, fire trucks, a variety of floats and a marching band were among the participants in the parade.
The night’s events also included a tree-lighting ceremony.
On North Main Street, vendors sold jewelry, cotton candy and other items, and parents tried to keep warm as the festivities got under way.
Wendy and Jeff Moore, who attend the parade each year, said this year, they brought their baby Emma with them in a stroller.
“This is our baby’s first holiday parade,” Wendy Moore said.
Larry Cornell, deputy mayor of the village, praised the parade.
“It is great. We live right here in the village and we have come to it every year since Judi [Phillips] started it,” Larry Cornell said.
Phillips said the parade gets bigger every year. She said she was happy with the turnout.
“It looks pretty good,” she said.
As the parade started, floats and trucks drove down Bridge Street. The parade continued onto Saratoga Avenue and then North Main Street.
Crews from the Broadalbin-Kennyetto and Perth fire departments, and the Broadalbin Ambulance Corps filled the street.
Parade participants tossed candy to children.
Among the trucks in the parade was a 1934 Chevrolet fire truck, originally owned by the Broadalbin Fire Department and restored to working condition.
Village Historian Gordon Cornell said the Fire Department bought the fire truck in 1934 and later sold it to collectors. After changing hands, the fire truck was returned to the department.
Girl Scouts, who were on multiple floats, waved to the crowd during the parade, while Santa, sitting on a sleigh pulled by a pickup truck, tossed candy and waved at children.
The parade included a live nativity scene.
The village had a tree-lighting ceremony before the parade.
Dave Wallin-Eddy, organizer for the ceremony on Saratoga Avenue, said the tree was donated by Herba’s Acres, which donates the tree every year.
This year, the tree was decorated by Girl Scouts and the Broadalbin-Perth Middle School’s Friends of Rachel Club.
Students from the Broadalbin-Perth High School Chorus sang carols during the tree-lighting ceremony.
“It’s a community service; we’re part of the community,” Wallin-Eddy said.
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