OLEAN, NY – The Santa Claus Lane Parade will be held on Nov. 29 in downtown Olean, beginning at 7 p.m.. The Santa Claus Lane committee encourages area organizations and businesses to participate in the parade with a float, send in a musical unit, or display historical/public vehicles in the parade.

The parade will begin at Delaware Avenue and North Union Street, using both sides of the street as it did in 2018, and proceeding south on North Union. Santa and Mrs. Claus will have their traditional countdown of the lights coming on at the intersection of State and Union.

Participation is free, but participants need to print out and fill in an application form that can be found online the Chamber’s website: www.oleanny.com or by calling the Chamber office. Parade trophies will be presented in eight categories. 

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The parade rules and guidelines include: floats may be no taller than 13 feet and they MAY NOT contain a Santa or Mrs. Claus because those two make their entrance at the end of the parade to light the lights. No candy, small toys or light up wands should be thrown from the float and any children on the float should be supervised. Adults must accompany small children who are walking. If participants would like to hand out candy or coupons, they must have volunteers walk along the sidewalk and hand out. Parade participants may bring dogs and other animals with them, but they must provide scoopers and clean up droppings.

To participate in the parade, a float or unit must be decorated in holiday fashion. There is no theme. A safety committee will review all floats before they enter the parade route.  Although there is no official deadline for parade applications, GOACC urges all participants to get the information into the Chamber by Nov. 25.  All parade participants must submit a signed waiver to the chamber office, 301 N. Union St., by the date of the parade, Nov. 29.

For more information regarding Santa Claus Lane or other Greater Olean Area events and activities, persons should call 716-372-4433 or email santa@oleanny.com.