2019 Santa Claus Lane Parade

Friday, November 29, 2019


Chamber Announces Parade Winners


Fifty-two units and more than 846 adults and children were in the 34rd Annual Santa Claus Lane Parade Friday, November 29 in downtown Olean. Paula Snyder, Jamestown Community College; Max Bullers, Home Depot of Olean, and Eric Garvin, Community Bank, did judging for this season’s parade.  More than 2,200 people watched the parade go down both sides of the street.

The Blitzen Award, sponsored by Times Herald was awarded to Olean Cub Scout Pack 617 as the most photogenic float or unit; The Seasons Greetings Award, sponsored by Olean PC Repair and Security Cameras by Joe Duplechian was awarded to Down Beat Percussion Band to the best newcomer to the parade; The Rudolph Award, sponsored by National Grid Co., was awarded to Enchanted Mountain Jeep Wrangler Club 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 Youth Hockey Organization for the unit with the most participants in the parade; Angelic Spirit Award, sponsored by Mandy’s Flowers, was awarded to Knights of Columbus Council 338 as the most spiritual/religious float or unit.  The Elves Award, sponsored by Owl Home Groups, was awarded to Paul Brown Motors for to the float or unit that best typifies the holiday through the eyes of a child; Jingle Bells Award, sponsored by Milestone Financial Strategies, was awarded to Neighborhood School of Dance, the best theatrical (music/dance) float or unit; and The Sleigh Award, presented by The Bantelman Agency, was awarded to Limestone Volunteer Fire Department as the most decorated larger truck (fire truck, flatbed, utility vehicles, etc.)

“The embellishments of the 4 snowflakes, 8 holiday stars, and four more feet to the panel holiday tree (to make it 29 feet including star) in the main roundabout were a GREAT ADDITION to Santa Claus Lane.  The weather was a bit cold, but was great for watching the parade. 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 29 at dusk.  For more information, call Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 716-372-4433 or email.


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