Friday, November 24, 2017




Not One, Not Two, but Three CHAMPS will lead off this year’s Santa Claus Lane Parade

The Grand Marshals of the upcoming Santa Claus Lane Parade, Friday, November 24 include international medalists from AKT Combatives, NYS Girls Soccer Champs, the lady Gators of Allegany-Limestone Central and NYS Girls Volleyball Champs, the lady Panthers of Portville Central.  The ever-popular Parade 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.   

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; 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 Mallery’s Auto Body 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 Good Times Events Center, 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 Reisner Law Group, will 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 the railroad will be closed for 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 on the curbs on Union Street on the east side and not in the parking space or road.  And if you are watching from the west side, please DO NOT STAND in the median, but use the southbound lane of Union Street.”  Mayor William Aiello added, “Also the roundabouts 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 - #16 line up on upper Delaware Avenue (between North Union Street and North Barry Street).  Arrive no earlier than 630 PM

1 Mercy Flight in the AIR
2 Olean Police Department
3 OHS Marching Band
4 City Of Olean
5 AKT Combatives
6 Allegany Limestone Lady Gators Varsity Soccer Team
7 Portville Lady Panther Volleyball Team
8 We Only Play for Volleyball Band
9 Hinsdale Fire Department
10 Paul Brown Motors
11 Allegany Girl Scout Troops
12 Bob Cat of Olean
13 River's Edge United Methodist Church
14 Knapp Creek Fire Department
15 Dance Arts / Trans Am Flycar
16 G2 Gymnastics

Units #17-51 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

17 Neighborhood School of Dance
18 Portville Girl Scouts
19 Shinglehouse Vol. Fire Dept.
20 Colonial Media & Entertainment
21 Portville Cub Scout Pack 631 
22 Olean YMCA After School Programs
23 Eden Heights
24 Rock it Out Djing and friends
25 Southside Union Chapel
26 Worth W. Smith Co.
27 Union Tea Shoppe
28 Rick Bokman
29 Enchanted Mountain Roller Derby
30 Cattaraugus County Meals on Wheels
31 Allegany County Dairy Princess 
32 Allegany Fire Department
33 Westons Mills Fire Department
34 Jerry Sayre
35 Conkey's Automotive
36 Olean Area Youth Hockey Organization
37 Limestone Volunteer Fire Department
38 Olean Educational Support Personnel Association
39 Freestone German Shorthair Pointers and Kennels
40 Bolivar-Richburg Girl Scouts
41 First Transit
42 Portville Youth Cheerleading
43 100.1 The Hero
44 Olean Synergy Travel Softball
45 Olean-Hinsdale Girl Scout Troop 10337
46 Winning Olean Back
47 Mohr's Breezy Acres
48 J&R Auto and Hello Gorgeous Salon
49 Casella Waste Systems
50 Town of Olean Volunteer Fire Department
51 WPIG / Hot FM Radio
52 Olean Fire Department and North Pole
53 Olean Police Department

The Parade is scheduled to begin at 7 PM on Friday, November 24, 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.  PLEASE NOTE, spectators are to remain on the sidewalk off the street if viewing the parade on the east side of Union Street and to also remain OFF all roundabouts.  

WPIG-FM will be the official emcees of the parade and will announce the parade line up at their official emcee booth near the intersection of Union and State Streets. 

GOACC is also encouraging organizations to participate in these other Thanksgiving week events: Thursday, November 23 -- Twin Tiers Striders Turkey Trot; and Saturday, November 25 – 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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