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Lighting of the Liberty Pole and Family Parade Returns Saturday


City of Rochester

The annual Lighting of the Liberty Pole and Family Parade to Roc Holiday Village will start at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. Join Mayor Evans,City Councilmembers, Santa, the Prime Time Brass band, and other holiday costumed characters as they light the Liberty Pole at the corner of E. Main Street and Franklin Street.

After the Liberty Pole is lit, families can join in the parade that will proceed to the Roc Holiday Village at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 353 Court St.


Once at the Roc Holiday Village, families can enjoy free visits with Santa, free crafts, free ice skating and skate rentals sponsored by Wegmans (quantities are limited, guests are encouraged to bring their own skates), local artisans selling unique gifts, and food and drink.

To accommodate the parade, the following city streets will be closed starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday and will re-open as the final participants move along the parade route:

  • Franklin Street from Liberty Pole Way to E. Main Street

  • E. Main Street from Courtland Street to Gibbs Street

  • Gibbs Street from E. Main Street to East Avenue

  • East Avenue from E. Main Street to Broadway

  • Broadway from East Avenue to the traffic circle

Free parking is available on-street and at the Mortimer Street Garage, 25 N. Clinton Ave. For additional details, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/LibertyPoleLighting

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