Chamber Announces Parade Winners

Fifty-eight units and more than 860 adults and children took part in the 31st Annual Santa Claus Lane Parade held Friday, November 25 in downtown Olean.  Sally Bullers, Olean Fire Department; Paula Snyder, Jamestown Community College; and Max Bullers, Home Depot of Olean, did judging for this season’s parade.
The Blitzen Award, sponsored by Times Herald was awarded to Neighborhood School of Dance of Olean as the most photogenic float or unit; The Seasons Greetings Award, sponsored by Revitalizing Olean was awarded to Conkey’s Automotive of Olean, NY to the best newcomer to the parade; The Rudolph Award, sponsored by National Grid Co., was awarded to Limestone Fire Company for the float with the most or best use of lights; The Snowflake Award, sponsored by the Street Classics Car Club was awarded to Olean Area Youth Hockey Organization of Olean for the unit with the most participants in the parade; Angelic Spirit Award, sponsored by Mandy’s Flowers, was awarded to Believer’s Chapel of Allegany, NY as the most spiritual/religious float or unit.  The Elves Award, sponsored by Good Times Events Center, was awarded to Worth W. Smith of Olean, NY for to the float or unit that best typifies the holiday through the eyes of a child; Jingle Bells Award, sponsored by Microtel Inn of Olean, was awarded to Storm Athletics Allstar Cheer and Dance Team of Olean, NY the best theatrical (music/dance) float or unit; and The Sleigh Award, presented by Reisner Law Group, was awarded to Bolivar Fire Company of Bolivar as the most decorated larger truck (fire truck, flatbed, utility vehicles, etc.)
“ALL THE LIGHTS TURNED on – the anticipation of the new lights, the new garlands, the snowflakes – all was great when Santa and Mrs. Claus counted down and the lights went on.  The weather was great even with the light rain – loads of people came out to the parade. The 2016 lighting was a welcome sight to all that were waiting for the garlands to return across North Union Street.  The greater Olean area is a well-diversified community and as such, people from all walks of life and religion attended the parade to celebrate the gifts and graces of the holiday seasons.  It is truly a night when the community comes together,” stated Meme Krahe Yanetsko, GOACC COO.
GOACC is also encouraging organizations to participate in the Portville Holiday Celebration AND the Allegany Holiday Celebration scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, November 26 at dusk.  For more information, call Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 716-372-4433 or email

Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce • 716-372-4433 •

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