Scenes from a 1942 Schenectady Parade

Scenes from a 1942 Schenectady Parade

If you love local history, you’ll love these pics from what appears to be a Christmas Parade in the Electric City in 1942. Although not ‘the’ Schenectady Holiday Parade as it has traditionally been known for the last 53 years, this one takes place during the day and at the corner of Union & Nott St – which is right next to Union College. The college can be seen in the background.

The parade is complete with Santa Claus, some vintage cars, marching bands, giant inflatables and scores of onlookers. It also appears there may have been a mishap with one of the inflatables at the end – either he was too tall or they lost control and had to carry him on his back.

Still, it’s pretty cool to see something like this shot on 8mm film and in color.