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Santa Claus Lane Parade Lineup Announced


OLEAN – The ever-popular Santa Claus Lane Parade in Olean, NY is the official kick-off to the holiday season in the area in which Santa and Mrs. Claus light thousands of skylines and snowflakes and stars in downtown Olean.  The parade will begin Friday, November 23 at 7 p.m. at the intersection of Delaware Avenue and North Union Street.  As Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce considers the roadway North Union Street — Santa Claus Lane during the holiday season, it’s pretty neat to note the song’s origin, “Here Comes Santa Claus.”  It is a Christmas song originally written by Gene Autry.  Autry got the idea for the song after riding his horse in the 1946 Santa Claus Lane Parade (now the Hollywood Christmas Parade) in Los Angeles, during which crowds of spectators chanted, “Here comes Santa Claus”.

Paul Brown Motor’s and Toys 4 Tots will be teaming up again this year.  Their goal is to collect a many toys as possible.  HELP US FILL UP OUR PICK UP TRUCK… with toys of course.  Last year’s Toys 4 Tots campaign helped loads of children in our immediate area.  Look for Paul Brown’s and the TOYS 4 TOTS Pick-up Truck on East State St. between Lincoln Park and the City building to drop off your unwrap gift for a local child

Chamber officials have invited area residents to judge this year’s parade: Paula Snyder, Jamestown Community College; Linda Letts, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham, and Max Bullers, Home Depot of Olean.  The judges will be located in a Close’s Lumber truck on North Union Street near Laurens Street intersection.

Winners will be announced the night of the parade.  Eight awards will be presented in the following categories:  The Blitzen Award, sponsored by Times Herald will go to the most photogenic float or unit; The Seasons Greetings Award, sponsored by The Miller’s Farm Market to the best newcomer to the parade, and one that typifies a welcoming theme – this unit must be a first-time entrant; The Rudolph Award, sponsored by National Grid Co., for the float with the most or best use of lights; The Snowflake Award, sponsored by the Street Classics Car Club for the unit with the most participants in the parade, Angelic Spirit Award, sponsored by Mandy’s Flowers, will go to the most spiritual/religious float or unit.  The Elves Award, sponsored by Owl Homes Group, will go 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, will go to the best theatrical (music/dance) float or unit; and The Sleigh Award, presented by The Bantelman Agencywill go to the most decorated larger truck (fire truck, flatbed, utility vehicles, etc.)

Delaware Avenue will be closed to traffic at 6 p.m. with North Union Street closing to traffic at 6:45 PM.   The City’s downtown parking lots will be opened and free to park.  The City Building’s restrooms will be opened the night of the parade from 6 – 8:30 PM.  Extra uniformed personnel of the Olean Fire and Police Departments will be on hand.  Lost children should report to the Chamber office.  The parking spaces along BOTH SIDES of North Union Street from Route 417 to Delaware Avenue will be closed to any parking vehicles at 4 PM.  Cars, trucks, etc. will be allowed to park back along these spaces after 830 PM. Also, the detour route will be First Street from Wayne to Henley as well as East/West Henley from South First Street to South Barry Streets. No parking will be allowed along the detour route as well.  Olean Police Chief Jeff Rowley stated, “Please parents have your family members stay up on the curbs on Union Street as well as off the medians and roundabouts – they are not to be used for viewing the parade.”

BACK AGAIN — Mercy Flight of Western New York will officially kick off the parade with a fly over and then their spotlight will shine up the parade route.  Mercy Flight WNY is an independent, not-for-profit provider of emergency air-medical transport and supporting services, ensuring rapid, safe and cost effective delivery of expert emergency response teams.

ALL PARADE UNITS should enter the staging area by entering North Barry Street (Behind Big Lots) from Main Street.  Parade units will need to STOP at the Parade Stop that will be in the right lane going south on North Barry Street.  You will pick up your number at that time.

The Parade line-up is as follows:

Units from #1 – #20 line up on upper Delaware Avenue (between North Union Street and North Barry Street).  Arrive no earlier than 630 PM

Mercy Flight in the AIR

Olean Police Department

OHS Marching Band

Portville Lady Panther Volleyball Team


Limestone Volunteer Fire Department

Jamestown Composite Squad NY402

Paul Brown Motors

Portville Youth Cheerleading

Portville Cub Scout Pack 631

Yorkshire Fire Department

Neighborhood School of Dance

City Of Olean

Olean Area Federal Credit Union

Eden Heights

Olean YMCA After School Programs

Franklinville Volunteer Fire Department

Enchanted Mountain Roller Derby

Jerry Sayre

Olean Cub Scout Pack 617


Units #21-53 will report North Barry Street via Pizza hut.  You will then be directed to Albany Avenue and to the parking lots parallel to North Barry St.   Arrive no earlier than 630 PM


Toad’s Butcher Shop

Hinsdale Fire Department


The Hero / B107.5

G2 Gymnastics

Portville Girl Scouts

Bolivar Fire Department

Team I SMELL Success!

Order of the Amaranth & Enchanted Mountain Masonic Lodge

Dance Arts w/  Trans Am Flycar

Trans Am Olean 10 w/ Dance Arts

Olean Synergy Travel Softball

Bradford Area Dance Center – Allegany

Richburg Volunteer Fire Department

Cattaraugus County Meals on Wheels

Alle-Catt Taxi

Bob Cat of Olean

Knapp Creek Fire Department

Olean Area Youth Hockey Organization

Niagara Scenic Tours

Allegany Fire Department

Westons Mills Fire Department

Shults Resale of Olean

Conkey’s Automotive

Worth W. Smith Co.

Enchanted Mountain Jeep Wrangler Club

Crosstown Alliance Church

Boehmer Trucking

Storm Athletics All-Star Cheer

K-Mart Heating and Cooling Co.

Town of Olean Volunteer Fire Department

Olean Fire Department and North Pole

Olean Police Department


The Parade is scheduled to begin at 7 PM on Friday, November 23, near the Burger King on North Union Street in Olean.  The Parade will travel south on Union to just past Lincoln Park where units will begin to disperse once they arrive at Henley Street.  The parade will stagger and use both sides of the street. Parade organizers stress that no spectators will be allowed to view on the medians and / or roundabouts during the parade.

GOACC is also encouraging organizations to participate in these other Thanksgiving week events: Thursday, November 22 — Twin Tiers Striders Turkey Trot; and Saturday, November 24 – both Portville and Allegany will host their Holiday Celebrations. For more information regarding Santa Claus Lane or other Greater Olean Area events and activities, please call 716-372-4433 or email


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