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June 6, 2015 - 10:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in St. Joe's, parade, Lawn Fete, batavia.










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August 9, 2014 - 10:13am
posted by Julia Ferrini in batavia, elba, parade, Onion Festival.

The 78th Elba Onion Festival kicked off Friday with the opening of the carnival and evening parade. The festival is one of the largest fundraisers for the Elba Fire Department.

Just up the road a bit from the festival is the Elba Muckland; there, red, white and yellow onions grow, which gives the festival its name. 

One bit of trivia: Onions are one of the largest vegetable crops in the United States.

The festival continues throughout the day today.

June 13, 2014 - 11:17am
posted by James Renfrew in music, byron, parade, festival, fireworks, bergen, BBQ, fishing derby, vintage cars.
Event Date and Time: 
July 26, 2014 - 7:00am to 11:55pm

Byron Heritage Festival   July 26, 2014


      Where is the center of the Universe?  On Saturday, July 26, it will be Byron, New York.  So look it up on MapQuest, orient your GPS and set your Bat-radar for Byron.  Your life will improve, the community’s spirit will be lifted, flags will wave, and the world will be better!  Just look at these great activities and special events taking place throughout the day:


June 8, 2014 - 12:15pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in batavia, community, parade, people, Lawn Fete, St Joseph, sunny, blue skies.

Feel free to visit my gallery at

http://studio16productions.webstarts.com/index.html for more Parade pictures




June 8, 2014 - 12:09pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in batavia, community, parade, people, Lawn Fete, St Joseph, sunny, blue skies.
June 15, 2013 - 3:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in parade, carnival, Stafford.

Here's photos from yesterday's Stafford parade and carnival. The carnival continues today and tomorrow.

To purchase prints of these photos, click here.

June 9, 2013 - 12:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, parade, St. Joe's, Lawn Fete.

Lots of people and lots of fun once again for St. Joe's Parade and Lawn Fete in Batavia.

Below is a slide show of the parade. To purchase prints from this slide show, click here.

Below is a slide show of the lawn fate. To purchase prints from this slide show, click here.

May 27, 2013 - 11:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Memorial Day, parade, corfu.

Reader Elizabeth Gabbey sent us these photos of the Corfu Parade.

Earlier, we also posted pictures from the parade.

May 27, 2013 - 10:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, veterans, Memorial Day, parade, corfu.

There were about 20 Memorial Day events in Genesee County today. Here are photos from four of them: Services at the NYS Vets Home, the Upton Monument and parades in Batavia and Corfu.

And Ken Mistler's giant flag on the Carr's building.

To purchase prints of photos, click here.

May 26, 2013 - 4:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Memorial Day, parade.

Batavia's Memorial Day Parade begins in the Eastown Plaza at 10 a.m.

Here's the order of parade participants and what you can expect to see:

First Division:

  • Batavia Police Chief
  • VVA Chapter 193 Color Guard
  • WWII Don Lewis
  • Batavia NG 102nd Gun Bn. AAA
  • Ralph Parise Korea
  • Bob Stack Mustang Conv. Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Humvee New York Army Guard
  • Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Paul Ohlson and Laura Friend 1946 Plymouth
  • Dick McClurg Roadster Grand Marshall Mary Pat Hancock  
  • The Ghost Riders
  • Eugene Jankowski driving a 1942 Batavia PD motorcycle, wearing a period Batavia PD Police uniform

Second Division:

  • Genesee County Sheriff Dept. Color Guard
  • Genesee County Sheriff’s Dept.
  • New York State Police
  • City of Batavia Fire Department
  • Mercy Ambulance
  • Town of Batavia Fire Department

Third Division:

  • Batavia Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol
  • Sal Licata Remember our Troops
  • Elected Officials
  • Knights of Columbus

Fourth Division:

  • Batavia High School Color Guard and Marching Band
  • Holland Land Office Museum
  • The Peace Garden
  • ARC
  • The Muck Dogs  /  Amy’s Fluffy Friends
  • The Jaycees
  • Rotary Antique Cars

Fifth Division:

  • Batavia Concert Band
  • St. Joseph Kiwanis K Kids
  • Cub Scouts
  • Girl Scouts
  • Boy Scouts
  • 6 Scouts

Sixth Division:

  • The Patriot Guard

Seventh Division:

  • Care a Van Ministries
  • First Student Bus
September 3, 2012 - 10:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Oakfield, parade.

The members of the Oakfield Betterment Committee couldn't have asked for better parade weather today.

Hundreds of people lined the parade route, which began at Oakfield-Alabama Central School and stretched a village mile to Elroy Parkins Memorial Town Park.

The hour-long parade featured all the floats, bands, fire trucks and other small-town hoopla any true parade fan would appreciate.

If you're unable to view the slide show below, click here. To purchase prints of these photos, click here.

June 12, 2011 - 6:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, parade, Resurrection Parish, St. Joe's, Lawn Fete.

The summer doesn't officially begin in Batavia until the Resurrection Parish Lawn Fete and Parade.  The weather was near perfect yesterday and a large crowd turned out for the fun and the food.

Another 50 or so pictures after the jump.


May 30, 2011 - 7:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Memorial Day, parade.

A threat of rain (that never materialized) couldn't keep hundreds of people from descending on Main Street this morning for the annual Memorial Day parade.  

The parade featured the Batavia High School marching band and flag team, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the city and town fire departments, Sheriff's Office and Police Department, along with local veterans groups and elected officials, among other groups.

More pictures after the jump.

And even more pictures on our photo purchase site. To purchase these or choose from the additional pictures at affordable rates, click here.


October 20, 2010 - 9:22am
posted by Melissa George in jaycees, parade, Halloween, Youth Bureau, Oliver's Candies.

18th Annual Halloween Parade


The Batavia Area Jaycees, Pontillo’s,
Oliver’s Candies and Batavia Youth Bureau



Line Forms at 12:45pm, West Side of Genesee Country Mall/City Centre (near Dan’s Tires)



~Wagons or sleds strongly suggested~



Parade route begins on the west side of the
Mall near Dan’s Tires

**NO RAIN DATE, Listen to W.B.T.A.
for Cancellations by


The First 100 Children 10 & under IN COSTUME ONLY
will receive a special free gift compliments of Oliver’s.


Pizza & Cider for kids (IN COSTUME ONLY) at end of parade compliments of Pontillo’s




July 17, 2010 - 8:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, Le Roy, parade, Oatka Festival.


Another summer weekend, another parade in Genesee County. This one in the photogenic setting of the Village of Le Roy for the Oatka Festival.




More pictures after the jump:

July 15, 2010 - 6:34pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in events, Le Roy, parade, Oatka Festival.
Event Date and Time: 
July 17, 2010 - 8:00am to 6:00pm

LeRoy's Oatka Festival is this weekend -- a fun event for the whole family. It's at Trigon Park in Le Roy and features food, entertainment, games and crafts all along the Oatka Creek.

The festival goes from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will be a parade at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

For more information, please call Sharon Jeary at 768-2527.

May 31, 2010 - 10:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, Memorial Day, parade.


There was a nice turn out on a bright sunny day for Batavia's Memorial Day Parade.





More pictures after the jump:

April 20, 2010 - 9:40am
posted by Rachael Tabelski in parade, festival, Family Fun, Car Show, Idol Contest.
Event Date and Time: 
June 12, 2010 - 11:00am to 11:00pm


The Bergen Business & Civic Association (BBCA) invites you to “Go Country” on Saturday June 12, 2010 at the 21st annual Bergen Park Festival and Parade.  We encourage everyone to dust off your cowboy boots, put on your hat and enjoy some family fun at this years festival. 


October 12, 2009 - 3:04pm
posted by Melissa George in batavia, jaycees, parade, Halloween, pizza.
Event Date and Time: 
November 9, 2009 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Come support the Batavia Area Jaycees by dining at Pizza Hut from 4:00pm - 8:00pm (or take out during these hours).

Money raised from this event will be used to off set the cost of the Oct. 25, Halloween Parade.  Details on parade: http://geneseeny.entrexp.com/documentview.asp?docID=850

Its simple to do, just bring a copy of the form when ordering/paying!

Any questions, please contact the Jaycees at 585-343-5775 / [email protected]

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