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Hundreds of Spectators Hail 20th Annual O’Connor Hospital Parade

By Rosie Cunningham


Santa and Mrs. Claus were all smiles as they greeted spectators at the 20th annual O’Connor Hospital Holiday Parade. Photos by Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Santa and Mrs. Claus were all smiles as they greeted spectators at the 20th annual O’Connor Hospital Holiday Parade. Photos by Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter DELHI - Delhi was festive and bustling on Saturday, Dec. 1 for the O’Connor Hospital 20th annual holiday parade.

The parade kicked off at 11 a.m. on Main Street at the bottom of SUNY Delhi college. Following the event, an open house took place at the hospital. Zoomobile from the Ross Park Zoo in Binghamton provided entertainment and attendees and children took pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Michael Howard, manager of facilities, projects and safety at the hospital said he believed the day went “very well.”

“There were hundreds of people lining Main Street and the weather was awesome,” he said.

Howard founded the parade in 1998 with the support of the hospital board. He said the day is all about community.


Delhi Village Mayor Richard Maxey waved to the crowd as he walked up Main Street in Delhi. At his side was O’Connor Hospital Senior Director of Operations Edward McGrath. Photos By Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Delhi Village Mayor Richard Maxey waved to the crowd as he walked up Main Street in Delhi. At his side was O’Connor Hospital Senior Director of Operations Edward McGrath. Photos By Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter “We do it for the kids in many ways and that is what makes it special,” he aid. “Just watching the children look at the costumed characters marching in the parade and waiting for Santa makes for a fun and great day. O’Connor Hospital loves doing this - it is our way to give back to the community.”

Howard said there are many volunteers and individuals who make the day possible.

“Jamie Bryden of Delhi, is not affiliated with the hospital, but has been helping me for 20 years,” said Howard. “DJ Tito has been announcing the parade and keeping the crowd entertained for about 18 years at no cost. I would also like to thank Delaware County and the village of Delhi for their continued support, as well as the O’Connor board of trustees and Pete Hamilton. Without all of the support and volunteers, the day would not be possible.”


Constable Steve Williamson, a parade regular, took part in the festive event on Dec. 1. Constable Steve Williamson, a parade regular, took part in the festive event on Dec. 1. This year, participating high schools competed for cash prizes and trophies in the “Battle of the Bands.” Trophies for best float or theme were awarded in several categories and the winners are, as follows:

Marching Band:

1 - Delaware Academy (won $500)

2 - Laurens Central School ($300)

Best Girl Scout Group:

1 - Troop 350 of Delhi

Best Boys Scout Group:

1 - Delhi Pack 33

Best 4-H Group Float and Theme:


The Delaware River Lodge #439 Free & Accepted Masons, took part in the fun. The Delaware River Lodge #439 Free & Accepted Masons, took part in the fun. 1 - Central Delaware Clovers 4-H

Best Fire Department and Holiday Theme:

1 - Meridale Fire Department

2 - Bovina Fire Department

3 - Delhi Fire Department

Best Business Holiday Float and Theme:

1 - Delaware National Bank

2 - Allison & Oil Inc. of Andes

3 - Delhi Chamber of Commerce

Best School Float:

1 - Delaware Academy FFA

2 - DA Safety Patrol

3 - Delaware Academy Administrative Team

Community Float:

1 - ARC - Studio 190

2 - Delhi Rangers

3 - Santa on Roller Skates (SUNY Delhi)



Annika and Cocco Thomson walked in the annual O’Connor Parade with their father, Jason. Annika and Cocco Thomson walked in the annual O’Connor Parade with their father, Jason.

Hope Knapp, the Delhi Chamber of Commerce president, waved from the chamber float during the O’Connor Hospital Holiday Parade. Hope Knapp, the Delhi Chamber of Commerce president, waved from the chamber float during the O’Connor Hospital Holiday Parade.

Burkley Cole, of Bloomville, rode her horse in the 20th annual O’Connor Holiday Parade Saturday. Burkley Cole, of Bloomville, rode her horse in the 20th annual O’Connor Holiday Parade Saturday.

The Meridale Fire Department proudly participated in the holiday parade. The Meridale Fire Department proudly participated in the holiday parade.

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