While we're not surprised this happened, it doesn't mean we're not disappointed. The Schenectady Holiday Parade has been cancelled for this year due to Covid-19. The parade has been a big part of Christmastime in the Capital Region for over 50 years. Mayor McCarthy confirmed the bad news about the parade, which usually takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving, saying it had to be cancelled because of the fear that the virus could spread during the parade which usually draws thousands of people to watch and take part. As someone who has been a part of the Schenectady Parade for almost 30 years, it's so sad to me knowing that we won't be able to do it this year, but obviously the health and safety of everyone has to come first. Each year thousands of people would show up to watch as firetrucks, schools, marching bands, floats and more took to the streets of Schenectady with of course, the final big entrance by Santa Claus. This year's parade would have been it's 52nd anniversary. It will be missed, but God willing it will be back bigger and better next year.