Home › AllOTSEGO › oneonta santa parade 2016 slide show oneonta santa parade 2016 slide show 11/19/2016 AllOTSEGO SANTA PARADE SLIDE SHOW OPD Officer Kristen LaPointe leads off today’s Oneonta Santa Parade in a departmental cruiser. The balmy weather contributed to a near-record crowd. Mayor Gary Herzig and Town Supervisor Bob Wood wave to paradegoers from atop a Volkswagen convertible, driven by Oneonta Volkwagen’s Kurt Sheldon. The Elite Dance Academy was out in force, with Calla Morell at the head of the line in the foreground, while the younger dancers watch in the back. Emcee Chuck D’Imperio took a moment to snap a photo of the Leatherstocking District Pipe Band. He’s flanked by parade judges Joe Hughes, Oneonta Outlaws GM and OHS athletic director, left, and Rachel Lutz Jessup, Bank of Cooperstown assistant vice president and manager of the Oneonta Branch. Girl Scouts carry Troop 60139’s banner down Main Street. From left are Savannah Huffman, Katy Koren, Emerson Allen, Jaidyn Simon, Brook White and Jaidon Brady. Parker Adkins brought Loki. With them is Erica Thomas. Scoutmaster John Attanasio and his children (the names of four brothers and four sisters begin with “J”), rolled their pet turkey – Jesse, with a “J” – with the Boy Scout contingent. Colin Kurban, 4, center, and sister Iliana, 3, wore Santa suits. Mom Sofia is behind them, and Colin Millea, 4, at left. Allie Nagleschmidt of Cooperstown didn’t let her shorter legs be out-danced by more senior members of the O’Donnell-Kelly School of Irish Dance, Hartwick. Muggers, the Oneonta Outlaws new mascot, introduces himself to young fans along the parade route. The littlest attendee may have been Brian Vesterfelt, 4 months, of Walton, with mom Rachel Vesterfelt. Jamie Reynolds, NBT Bank regional executive & vice president, guides his daughter through a preview of the Fokine Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” planned at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16 and 17, plus a 1 p.m. matinee on the 17th. Jello anyone? Courtney Keenan seems to be saying. She played waitress in Soda Jerks’ float, a replica of a 1950s diner. Sister Rachel MacDonald, 4, of Sidney, hugs Santa’s arm while he gets to know her sister Natalie, 15 months, held by dad Scott. The post-parade fun – and Santa – shifted to the Gingerbread Festival at Foothills Performing Arts Center.