Gloversville Holiday Parade set for Dec. 11

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Santa Claus closes out the 2015 Holiday Parade in Gloversville.

GLOVERSVILLE — After a one-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Gloversville Holiday Parade is set to return this year on Dec. 11 with a new start time at 4 p.m.

Jordan Twardy, a member of the Gloversville Recreation Commission, said he decided to organize the holiday parade for 2021 when he learned from City Clerk Jenni Mazur that Ryan Lorey, owner-operator of the Fulton County Area News Facebook page, had decided not to request a permit for a parade this year. Lorey organized the Gloversville version of the holiday parade from 2015-2019, after it had previously been known as the Classic Image Johnstown Holiday Parade from 2000-2014.

Twardy, who works as a customer service representative for Century Linen & Uniform, said he felt like he had to do something to keep the tradition of the parade alive in Gloversville.

“I’m a part of the [Recreation] Commission, and when I was told that no permits had been submitted for the holiday parade and there wasn’t going to be one, I just thought about how I’m a father of two — a 1 1/2 old and a 6-year-old — and I wanted them to have all of the same delights that I grew up having,” Twardy said.

But Twardy learned there were two problems that needed to be resolved in order to have a parade: someone needed to pay for the insurance for the parade, and the Gloversville Police Department was concerned about public safety for a night time parade.

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Mayor Vince DeSantis said Police Chief Anthony “Tony” Clay had asked that the parade at least begin before the sun goes down on Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. to allow for the police to have a better understanding of where everyone was at the start of the event.

“For the years that we’ve had it, it’s a huge crowd of people, probably more people than we’ve had in the downtown in a long time,” DeSantis said. “So Chief Clay just thought it would be so much better, if it were done in semi-daylight-hours from a public safety standpoint. There’s a lot of vehicles, a lot of kids, and so many people that kids could get lost, and you’re blocking off streets that normally have traffic.”

DeSantis said the parade will organize at 3 p.m. and then step-off at 4 p.m.

“Now, on December 11, it’s going to be dark pretty soon after 4 p.m., the sun sets at about 20 minutes after, so it’s not going to be brightly sunny — it’ll be kind of twilight,” DeSantis said. “That will really help, because by the time it’s actually dark, [the parade] will be all the way down into the center of downtown.”

The insurance policy for the parade is being paid for by former Leader-Herald photography editor and owner of Watphoto Professional Photography Services Bill Trojan and his wife Ann Trojan at a cost of $695.

Bill Trojan said he and Ann considered the insurance policy to be a small price to pay to keep the tradition alive. He said he would have preferred to have started at 6 p.m., but was willing to compromise with the city for an earlier time at 4 p.m.

“The smiles on children’s faces are worth it for us to do something for the community,” Bill Trojan said.

Bill Trojan said the two masters of ceremony for the event will be Christina Talamo and Rachel Tiede of WNYT Channel 13 News in Albany who will provide the announcing for the event from the Glove Theater.

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Twardy said the two parade marshals for the event will be Gloversville firefighter Brandon Lehr and his girlfriend Rachel Ortega, who were both badly insured in a motorcycle accident in June 2020. Twardy said the resilience of Lehr and Ortega fit in well with the theme of the holiday parade in Gloversville.

Here are the five divisions set for the parade:
Lead

Gloversville Police
Gloversville Mayor
Color Guard
Grand Marshals
Fulton County Sheriff
The Romano Acro Dance
The Salvation Army of Fulton County

Division 1

Gloversville Fire Department
Fulton County Emergency Management
Glover Insurance
Boulevard & Middle School Band
Miss Fonda Fair Pageant
Nick Stoner Trailers snowmobile club
Addictive Pain Tattoo
Udderly Delicious
Miss Erie Canal
Apollo Towing
Berkshire Fire Department

Division 2
Perth Fire Department
Military Float
Frontier Girls and Quest Troop 340
Gloversville Cheerleaders
Gloversville Little Huskies
Gloversville Huskies
Regional Animal Shelter
High Performance Dance Studio
Century Linen

Division 3
Sammonsville Fire Department
Mayfield Fire Department
Goju Ryu Ki MMA
Gloversville Recreation Commission
Steet Toyota
No Limit
Royal Mountain Ski Patrol
Mystic Glen Custom Designs & Photography
Dave’s Contracting
Walmart
Johnstown Fire Department

Division 4
NYS DEC
Cub Scout Pack 5053
Boy scout troop 5053
Soroptomist
Adirondack Eagles Youth Baseball Association
Nathan Littauer Hospital
Tri Valley Alarm
Fulton County Highway and Facilities

Division 5
Broadalbin-Kenyetto fire department
518 renovations
Sturgess Family Catering
Upstate Hobbies & RC
Glove city taxi
Miss Fulton County and Miss Montgomery County Scholarship organization
Pleasant Square Fire Department
Jurassik Jamz Entertainment
Santa

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By Jason Subik

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