Northville’s 1st parade, fun for all

Businesses benefited from crowd

Elsa, a character in the children's movie Frozen, greets the crowd at the Northville Christmas parade Saturday afternoon. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

NORTHVILLE — As the third of four generations in the village, Cassie Yates was more than enthused about the first Christmas parade here.

“There are generations of families that come together as one,” she said.

“It makes you grateful for small-town life.”

So many people turned out for the late-afternoon parade that Waterfront Park was packed for after-parade activities–tree lighting, a bonfire, visits with Santa, holiday songs by the Sacandaga Musical Theatre, and free homemade food.

The parade formed on the school district’s athletic field, marched up Bridge Street, turned right on Main Street, and disbursed at the park entrance. The middle school-high school marching band was in the lead and continued to play seasonal music in the park with individual LED lights that enabled them to read their sheet music.

The Northville Christmas parade on Saturday afternoon ends with a visit from Santa. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

The whole program — music and floats — captured both the secular and sacred aspects of Christmas. Parade floats and themes included a Nativity scene by village Baptist Church and the Presbyterian Church choir, in addition to the Grinch, Elsa from the children’s movie “Frozen,” and, of course, Santa Claus.

“My favorite part was Elsa,” said Amanda Daum of Northville.

Her brother Cayden thought the costumed reindeer on top of the tow truck pulling Santa’s sleigh was “hilarious.”

Among the other parade participants were Girl Scouts, NCS cheerleaders, Sacandaga Musical Theatre, Northville and Edinburg fire engines, the Bumpus family John Deere tractor, and the Northville Ambulance-Northampton Ambulance.

Darcie and David Knapp of Northville came to the parade with their sons David “DJ” James, 2, and Liam, who’s pushing 2 months old and was bundled on his mom.

Members of Rockin Rudolph and Gang dance team entertains during the Northville Christmas parade Saturday afternoon. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Darcie said her daughter Mandy was in the parade and DJ “was very excited about the parade.”

Larry Vrooman of Top Shelf Entertainment Services was playing seasonal music prior to the parade’s start, and announced the various floats and participants as they approached Main Street.

The activities at the park were not new this year but the parade was added “probably because we didn’t do anything for Halloween,” said Dianna Downing of Hope, who volunteered with the Northville Civic Association, which sponsored the events.

The program was a boon to downtown businesses. “Normally it would be dead tonight,” said Elayne Wade, manager of Northville 5 and 10 Cent Store.

“We were busy all day” and “10 times as many people” were on the streets, she said.

Members of a Nativity scene from the Baptist Church in Northville wave to people on both sides of Bridge Street at the village Christmas parade Saturday afternoon. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Timeless Tavern was hopping with business after the parade.

The day’s events got a rave review from Carol Bornt of Northville. “The music, the lights and everything was so beautiful,” she said.

Make-a-Wish was promoted with a red mailbox in the park where letters for Santa could be dropped. Macy’s Believe program plans to donate $1 to aid critically ill children for every letter deposited in the box. Toys for Tots was also promoted at the event.

While free food and drink were provided in the park by the civic association–courtesy of volunteer bakers — donations were also accepted at the goodies table to help support the village’s food pantry.

Sacandaga Musical Theatre adult and youth choruses and soloist Chris Draffen performed in the band shell.

The Northville Middle and High School band marches up Bridge Street in the villagfe Christmas parade Saturday afternoon. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

The Sacandaga Musical Theatre choruses will present a Hometown Holiday concert at 4 p.m. today in the NCS auditorium.

The public gets free homemade goodies from the Northville Civic Association after the village's Christmas parade Saturday afternoon. All donation will go to the village food pantry. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Santa greets children after the tree lighting in the Waterfront Park and following the Northville Christmas parade on Saturday afternoon. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Valerie Horning of Gloversville takes photos of her daughters, from left, Annabelle and Ava Case before the Northville Christmas parade Saturday afternoon. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

After the Northville Christmas parade, people circle a bonfire in the Waterfront Park on Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Elayne Wade, manager of Northville 5 and 10 Cent Store, left, sells gloves to Sherrie Fonda of Mayfield for her grandson Garrett Sieg, 5, before the Northville Christmas parade Saturday afternoon. It was one of many downtown businesses busy with customers. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)