Grand marshal announced for Daily Gazette Holiday Parade

PHOTOGRAPHER: PATRICK DODSON
'The Place Beyond the Pines' screenwriter Ben Coccio, originally from Niskayuna, speaks during a New York State Writer's Institute program at the University at Albany Science Library on November 15, 2013.PHOTOGRAPHER: PATRICK DODSON 'The Place Beyond the Pines' screenwriter Ben Coccio, originally from Niskayuna, speaks during a New York State Writer's Institute program at the University at Albany Science Library on November 15, 2013.

— Ben Coccio has nabbed a starring role.

Coccio, a Niskayuna native who co-wrote the motion picture “The Place Beyond the Pines,” will be the grand marshal for the upcoming Daily Gazette Holiday Parade.

Coccio’s participation was announced Wednesday by the Chamber of Schenectady County, which will present the parade Saturday, November 19, in downtown Schenectady.

The 5 p.m. parade is the traditional kick-off to the Christmas season in the Capital Region. The chamber also announced that this year’s parade will be broadcast live via the Chamber’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/capitalregionchamber.

Coccio will fit right in with this year’s festivities. The theme of the parade is “Movies,” and local musicians, fire department personnel and dancers will incorporate cinema into their routines. “Pines” was filmed in Schenectady and released in 2012.

With the live Facebook version, people attending the parade who are not around the review stand near Proctors will be able to hear commentators Mona Golub of Price Chopper Supermarkets and Cody Holyoke of CBS6 describe the entries in real time. People who cannot make the show will be able to watch the parade at home.

In addition, the parade will be videotaped by Open Stage Media and aired on public access stations during the month of December.

The parade will start at Schenectady County Community College and travel east on State Street to the corner of Lafayette Street at the foot of Veterans’ Park. About 100 groups have signed up for the march.