BROADALBIN - Susan and Neal Moyer watched dancers, bands, floats and Santas pass by them during Monday's Broadalbin Holiday Parade.
"I think it is wonderful," said a smiling Susan Moyer. "It takes a lot of community spirit and is pretty much the kick-off of Christmas in Broadalbin."
A crowd showed up to watch the annual parade Monday despite the cold weather.
Above, Nancy Parker of Mayfield rides a horse named Sweet Pea during the Annual Broadalbin Holiday Parade on
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The typically quiet streets of Broadalbin were filled with children eager for candy, dancers prancing to holiday tunes and a variety of Santas riding in boats, tractors and other vehicles.
A tree-lighting ceremony kicked off Monday's festivities.
The previous parade organizer, Judy Phillips, and Mayor Eugene Christopher were present for the lighting at Kenside Park.
They were welcomed by Girl Scout troops 2485 and 2740. Ariana Rzesos of Troop 2740 thanked Herba's Acres Tree Farm for the tree and Joe Cardone for the power to light it. The tree was decorated by both troops before the event.
"This is a great community event that brings us all together," Christopher said.
"It is amazing to see the tradition continue on, and I hope it goes on for years to come," added Phillips.
The Girl Scout troops and the Broadalbin-Perth High School Chorus, led by Jim McGarvey, sang holiday music until the parade began.
"The students really enjoy it, and a lot of them have come to sing multiple years now," McGarvey said.
"This event had to continue for the kids," said this year's parade organizer, Becky Spraker. "Just to see the smile on all of their faces when they see Santa or the floats makes this worth it."
The parade included 44 floats, Spraker said. Some of the floats featured Animal Land, the Broadalbin Color Guard, the dance group Rythmic Expressions and Scouts.
The Broadalbin Volunteer Ambulance Corps rolled through with lights flashing. They corps was joined by the Broadalbin-Kennyetto and Perth volunteer fire departments, sirens blaring.
A group of dogs from Therapy Dogs International pranced around the parade route, stopping for an occasional pat from a child on the side of the route. Some of the dogs were bundled for the cold night in baby strollers with Santa hats and coats.
The streets were lined with merchants offering free coffee and hot chocolate, jewelry, toys and holiday baskets.
A Gloversville resident, Amber Baird, had a tent at the parade on behalf of Berkshire Foster Care. She was trying to recruit new foster parents. She said many people came up to her expressing interest throughout the event, and a few signed up.
After the parade, families were treated to a variety of desserts and hot beverages at the Masonic Temple while they waited for Santa's arrival.
When Santa arrived, he visited with children.
Three-year-old Samuel Huckans rushed up to him and gave him a hug.
Another 3-year-old, Landon Bornt, was the first to sit on Santa's lap. The child received an early Christmas present of Crayola markers.