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2017-12-05 / News

O’Connor Parade Offers Holiday Cheer to the Village of Delhi

By Rosie Cunningham


Tim Murray waves to the crowd during the 19th annual Bassett Healthcare Network O’Connor Hospital Holiday Parade. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Tim Murray waves to the crowd during the 19th annual Bassett Healthcare Network O’Connor Hospital Holiday Parade. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter DELHI - Local schools, businesses, committees and organizations wowed the crowd with creative floats and marching bands Saturday in the village of Delhi.

The 19th annual Bassett Healthcare Network O’Connor Hospital Holiday Parade kicked off at 11 a.m. and lasted about 45 minutes. The parade lineup began at 10 a.m. on Clinton Street. Participants traveled the parade route, which began on the corner of Clinton and Main Street and finished behind the Senator Charles Cook County Office Building at 111 Main Street.

“The Holiday Parade was a huge success,” said parade organizer Michael Howard, who works for O’Connor Hospital. “Forty units participated this year in the parade. The event is special to O’Connor Hospital because it is one of our ways to give back to the community for their continued support of their local hospital. Seeing the children’s faces and watching them smile is wonderful. Everyone at O’Connor Hospital loves bringing in the holiday season to our area.”


Santa and Mrs. Claus made an appearance in the village of Delhi Saturday. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Santa and Mrs. Claus made an appearance in the village of Delhi Saturday. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Howard, who founded the parade, said he was very happy with the turnout and the participation.

“Back about 19 years ago, I realized Santa wasn’t being brought to the village of Delhi at that time and I went to the administration at O’Connor and asked them if I could do the holiday parade, and that’s how it got started,” he said last year. “We held an open house at about that time and the parade was an extension of that.”

Howard added that he didn’t have any bands in the original parade or even up until the tenth anniversary.


Lendon Atkinson participated in the Delhi parade Saturday, representing Vintage Valley Farm in Delhi. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Lendon Atkinson participated in the Delhi parade Saturday, representing Vintage Valley Farm in Delhi. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Immediately following the parade, the community was invited to O’Connor Hospital, located at 460 Andes Road for refreshments.

Parade results are:

School Marching Bands: first place, Laurens Central School, second place, Delaware Academy;

Girl Scouts: first place, Girl Scout Troop 350, Delhi;

Best Community Float: first place, Delhi Rangers; second place, ARC Studio 190; third place, SUNY Delhi;

Best School Float: first place, Delaware Academy FFA; second place, Safety Patrol, and third place Delaware Academy Administration Staff.

Best Fire Department: first place, Meridale Fire Department; second place Downsville Fire Department, third place Delhi Fire Department.


Delhi Fire Chief Daren Evans handed out candy during the 19th annual Bassett Healthcare Network O’Connor Hospital Holiday Parade. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Delhi Fire Chief Daren Evans handed out candy during the 19th annual Bassett Healthcare Network O’Connor Hospital Holiday Parade. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Boy Scouts: first place, Cub Scout Pack 33, Delhi.

Best Church Float: first place, Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Delhi;

Best Business Holiday Float: first place, SFCU of Delhi; second place Vintage Valley Farm and third place, Ingram’s Auto.



Lexi Coberly was turned out in festive holiday gear during the annual O’Connor Hospital Holiday Parade Saturday. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Lexi Coberly was turned out in festive holiday gear during the annual O’Connor Hospital Holiday Parade Saturday. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter

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