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Memorial Day events in Genesee County

By Press Release

Press Release:

On May 18 at 2 p.m. the Western New York National Cemetery, 1254 Indian Falls Rd. Corfu, will be holding its Flag Up, which is the installation of the yearly "Avenue of Flags" display. Then on May 25 at 10 a.m. they will be holding their Memorial Day Ceremony, public is invited.

Memorial Day (May 27) Schedule of Ceremonies:

  • 7 a.m. - Genesee Co. Park - Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVA #193)
  • 8 a.m. - Williams Park W.W. I Memorial (wreath laying, rifle salute & Taps)
  • 8:30 a.m. - Batavia VAMC
  • 8:45 a.m. - NYS Veterans Home
  • 9:30 a.m. - Harvester Ave. Plot (wreath laying, rifle salute & Taps)
  • 10 a.m. - Upton Monument (wreath laying, rifle salute & Taps)
  • 10:30 a.m. - UMMC–Jerome Center (Memorial Day ceremonies: Invocation; Nat’l Anthem w/Batavia Concert 
  • Band; G.A.R. Order of the Day; Veterans Service Organizations Commemorations; Wreath Laying w/Gold Star Mothers; Honor Roll w/drum roll; Rifle Salute; Taps; Benediction; “God Bless America”)
  • 11:30 a.m. - Glenn S. Loomis Grave - Elmwood Cemetery (Legion #332)
  • 12 p.m. - Hansen Bros. Grave – Grandview Cemetery (MCL #951)

Participating Organizations:

  • Veness-Strollo Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 1602 
  • Glenn S. Loomis American Legion Post #332
  • Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #193
  • Sons of Union Veterans Abraham Lincoln Camp #6

Post events after ceremonies:

  • Open House VFW Post 1602 Veness-Strollo, 25 Edwards St. Batavia.
  • Luncheon for veteran participants of the ceremonies ALG Post 332, 8960 Alexander Rd. Batavia.

2024 Memorial Day Ceremonies:

Alexander: Parade starting at 10:15 a.m. beginning at the Rec Hall traveling to the Alexander Village Cemetery (a.k.a. Railroad Avenue Cemetery) with the ceremony at 11 a.m.

Batavia: Parade starting at 9:30 a.m. beginning at the East Town Plaza traveling west along Main Street and ending at Alva Place.

Bergen :Parade starting 9 a.m. from Buffalo Street to Hickory Park with the ceremony to take place at Hickory Park at 9:30 a.m.

Byron: Parade starting at 11 a.m. from Terry Street to Byron Cemetery with ceremony to take place following the parade.

Corfu: Parade at 12 p.m. from Corfu Fire Hall on Rt. 33 to the Intermediate School on Rt. 77. Ceremony to take place following the parade.

Elba: Ceremony at Maple Lawn Cemetery at 10 a.m.

Le Roy: Parade at 10:30 a.m. from the American Legion to Trigon Park with a ceremony at Trigon Park at 11:00 a.m. immediately following the parade.

Photos: Labor Daze Parade in Oakfield

By Howard B. Owens
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Main Street in Oakfield was lined Monday morning with parade spectators as the community hosted its 39th Labor Daze Parade.

Photo by Howard Owens.

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Photos: 2023 Oatka Festival Parade in Le Roy

By Howard B. Owens
Oatka Festival Parade Le Roy 2023

Le Roy enjoyed its 33rd Oatka Festival Parade on Saturday.

The Oatka Festival continues on Sunday and will include a car cruise and a duck barrel. 

Photos by Howard Owens. For more photos (a total of 72) and to purchase prints, click here.

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Le Royan of the Year, Martha Bailey.
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Photos: Parade and community celebration in Bergen

By Howard B. Owens
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It's been a day-long party in Bergen on Saturday for the 33rd Annual Bergen Park Festival, which included a parade through the village followed by a picnic and events at Hickory Park.

The festival is sponsored by the Bergen Business and Civic Association.

It also included a basketball tournament, a car show, along with 60 vendors, five food vendors, two bounces houses, a dunk tank, a petting zoo, pony rides, book sale, and live music.

At 10 p.m., there is a fireworks show scheduled.

Photos by Nick Serrata.

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Photos: Batavia Memorial Day Parade

By Steve Ognibene
Citty of Batavia Fire Dept, Batavia Memorial Day Parade

Batavia's annual Memorial Day Parade followed its traditional route down Main Street from Eastown Plaza to Bank Street this morning.

To view or purchase photos, click here.

Photos by Steve Ognibene

A soldier bowing to a falling soldier in a parade float, Batavia Memorial Day Parade
Jackson School Cub Pack 69, Batavia Memorial Day Parade
St. Paul Lutheran School, Batavia Memorial Day Parade
Batavia resident waving to parade travelers


Little butterfly dressed up for the holiday, Batavia Memorial Day Parade
Batavia Peace Garden, Batavia Memorial Day Parade
Some members of Batavia softball girls winning the Class B1 title, Batavia Memorial Day Parade
Thank you for your service, a current woman serving our country watches the parade, Batavia Memorial Day Parade
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Batavia Muckdogs baseball team, Batavia Memorial Day Parade
S.C.O.P.E. , Batavia Memorial Day Parade
Bumble bee from Stingers softball organization, Batavia Memorial Day Parade

Photos: Christmas in the City Parade

By Howard B. Owens


Downtown merchants, through the Business Improvement District, hosted their annual Christmas in the City Parade on Saturday evening.

Photos by Philip Casper.








Photos: The 2022 Oatka Festival Parade

By Howard B. Owens


The Oatka Festival Parade returned to the Village of Le Roy on Saturday after a two-year hiatus because of pandemic protocols. 

Ed Henry, Le Roy sports super-booster, coach, and photographer, was the grand marshall (second photo).

The Oatka Festival continues tomorrow (Sunday) in Trigon Park and along the east bank of the Oatka Creek.

Photos by Howard Owens.  To view 55 more photos and to purchase prints, click here.
















Overlooking the Creekside Inn patio after the parade.

Photos: Bergen Park Festival Parade 2022

By Howard B. Owens


As part of its annual park festival, Bergen held its Main Street parade on Saturday.












Photos by Howard Owens

More photos after the jump.  Click on the headline to see more photos.















Calling all community members, organizations, vets for Memorial Day parade

By Joanne Beck


File photo of a Memorial Day parade. Photo by Howard Owens.

City Councilman Bob Bialkowski, on behalf of the city, invites all community members, including groups, organizations and, especially, veterans to participate in this year's annual Memorial Day parade. 

"The city of Batavia is sponorsing the parade and looking forward to community support," he says. 

The parade is set to begin at 9:45 a.m. May 30 from Eastown Plaza moving west down Main Street to Bank Street, ending at the Alva Place parking lot. Any groups that would like to participate are asked to contact Bialkowski for planning purposes. He asks for everyone to "please keep the theme of respect to all our veterans and first responders."

Veterans can just show up at 9:15 a.m. May 30 at the Eastown Plaza parking lot on East Main Street, Bialkowski says. If any veteran needs a ride in the parade, or for more information, contact the councilman at (585) 409-3624.

"Let's show our support to our veterans and first responders," Bialkowski says. "Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy our annual parade. We will be handing out small American flags to the children."


BID leader enjoys her last Christmas in the City parade as executive director

By Joanne Beck

Beth Kemp
(2016 file photo)

This year’s Christmas in the City parade is a special one to Beth Kemp, executive director of Batavia Business Improvement District.

It will resume the years-old holiday event after the pandemic shut down, and close out a chapter on Kemp’s career path. She is leaving the role for a position in marketing and accounting with Council Rock Wealth Advisory Group in Batavia.

“December 10 will be my last day. This is my last big parade; the parade is kind of my baby, I love it,” she said to The Batavian Friday morning. “It’s like a well-oiled machine at this point, and I hope it will continue.”

Thirty-four participants have signed up for the parade, set to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday outside of Wendy’s restaurant on Main Street, Batavia. Floats, costumed characters, and music will follow a route that leads toward Summit Street. 

Christmas in the City was originally dubbed Taste of the Holidays, which is when Kemp first became involved with it. She was on an event committee and was integral to the creation of a festive parade as part of the renamed event. Meant to be a family-friendly, fun downtown happening, Christmas in the City runs from 2 to 6 p.m., ending with the parade. 

A train ride, several vendors, pictures with Santa, hot cocoa, professional carolers and an elf, the Muckdogs mascot, and a GO-ART! building-turned-Whoville will be part of the excitement. There will also be hidden gnomes at downtown businesses for kids to find and take photos of for a contest boasting prizes of Muckdogs tickets, a basket full of board games, and more. 

Pembroke school district staff plans drive-by parade Friday during pandemic

By Billie Owens

Greg Kinal, Pembroke Teachers Association president, has put out a letter to the Pembroke school community calling for a "Thinking of You" drive-by parade along a route now being planned. Participants are to assemble in the Pembroke High School parking lot at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 3.

Here's the letter:

Dear Pembroke School Community:

As we continue with this terrible event in our lives, I thought it would be nice to take a break, have some fun, boost some spirits, and come together (separately) as a school community and tell this great school district how much they mean to us.

Therefore, the PTF would like to invite everyone to join us in a “WE’RE THINKING OF YOU” parade this Friday, April 3.

We will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the High School parking lot to get organized. The PTF will have washable markers for you to write on your back windows or you can make your own signs. At 1:00 we begin with Officer Reeves leading the way with lights blazing. The route will be established by Donna Hackett and we are planning on arriving back at school around 3:00.

The PTF has invited the SRP (School-Related Professionals) union to join us and I have been told that a number of empty buses will be in our parade. I have been informed that the fire companies will be represented. We would also consider it an honor to have our administrators with us as well as the whole school community.

Please keep in mind that:

  • At all times we must keep the 6 foot distance between us.
  • Everyone will be in their own cars, so invite any family member to join you. 
  • Please use the bathroom prior to coming to school, as entering the building would be counterproductive to distancing.
  • If you have masks, wear them.
  • Patrick will speak to all of us in the parking lot prior to leaving so we know what his plan is to keep us all together.
  • We will announcing this event on Facebook, Twitter and other venues so families are aware of the parade.

PTF members who plan on attending please email your building reps who will then pass the numbers along to me. SRP’s please contact Cheryl who will also pass the number to me. Administration and all others please make your intentions known by emailing me. If we could all do this by Thursday, April 2, that would be appreciated and once Patrick has the number he will have ample time to assess his traffic plan. 

On a personal note, my wife, who has been really Roswell (-bound) and housebound for months will be joining us.

With great respect to you and I hope to see everyone on Friday.

Questions? Email me.


Photos: Sunday's Halloween parade hosted by Batavia's Original and Kiwanis Club

By Billie Owens

Another fall day in Batavia, NY, USA...

Photos and information submitted by Kathy Ferrara.

Batavia's Original and the Kiwanis Club of Batavia held their second annual Halloween Parade on Sunday.

Their trek through wind and rain from Dan's Tire to the pizzeria at Harvester Avenue and East Main Street was rewarded with food, games, a magician, a costume contest and prizes. Of course there was plenty of candy!

Judges were Batavia City Council President Eugene Jankowski Jr., Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron Jr., city fire Capt. Greg Ireland and city fire's EMS Program coordinator Tom Douglas.

The magician was Doug Ireland. Harvester 56 Theater actors were present in some amazing costumes.
A macabre little man in black...
Batavia's Original owner Kathy Ferrara greets parade participants upon their arrival at her pizzeria.

Kindred spirits, wild and woolly...

A gruesome twosome...


The morbid wedding party...

It was magical...or was it?

Spiderman was a boy once, with regular folks and a little sis -- it was enough to make him want to climb the walls...

Video: Genesee County Fair Parade

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Video: Bergen Park Festival parade

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Saturday residents of Bergen enjoyed perfect weather for the 30th Bergen Park Festival and the annual parade.

Watch for two more videos we'll post later from the Bergen Festival.

Video: Memorial Day Parade in Batavia

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