Santa Claus Lane


The Tradition of the Santa Claus Lane Parade

Fifty-two units and more than 831 adults and children took part in the 27th Annual Santa Claus Lane Parade held Friday, November 29 in downtown Olean. Al Wager, National Grid Co.; Paula Snyder, Jamestown Community College; and Max Bullers, Home Depot of Olean, did judging for this season’s parade.

The Elves Award sponsored by Good Times of Olean, a float or unit that best typifies the holiday through the eyes of a child; went to Liberty Tax Service Of Olean. Angelic Spirit Award sponsored by Mandy’s Flowers, awarded to the Bolivar-Richburg Girl Scouts as the most spiritual/religious float or unit. Blitzen Award, sponsored by Times Herald went to Mohr’s Breezy Acres as the most photogenic float; Jingle Bells Award, sponsored by Microtel Inn of Olean, the best theatrical (music/dance) float was a tie and was awarded to Enchanted Mountain Line Dancers and the Allegany Limestone Cheerleaders; The Rudolph Award, sponsored by National Grid Co., for the float with the most or best use of lights was awarded to Eaton’s Cooper Power System; the Seasons Greetings Award, sponsored by Community Bank, NA, to the best newcomer to the parade, and one that typifies a welcoming theme - this unit must be a first-time entrant went to Home Depot of Olean; The Snowflake Award, sponsored by the Street Classics Car Club for the unit with the most participants in the parade was awarded to Cub Scouts Pack 617 and The Sleigh Award, presented by Hammond’s Furniture, was awarded J&R Auto the most decorated larger truck (fire truck, flatbed, utility vehicles, etc.)

“The weather was very cold but at least not windy – and the crowds still came out. 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.

“The Chamber is asking for people to be patient with the upcoming construction and new poles that will be replaced on North Union Street. We will work with the City to bring back Santa Claus Lane. It will have a somewhat different look on the poles with new decorations that will be more at eye level and the garlands will also return. Yes, Virginia, there will be lights!” added Pam Caldwell, GOACC’s Bookkeeper.

GOACC is also encouraging organizations to participate in the Portville Holiday Celebration AND the Allegany Holiday Celebration scheduled for Saturday, November 30 at dusk. For more information, call Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 716-372-4433 or email





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