Rochester’s Hometown Christmas Parade will be held on December 7 beginning at 1:45pm. The parade will travel south on Main Street from Tienken Road.
This years theme is “Christmases Around the World” and will consist of 40 floats, 11 drill teams, nine marching bands, several equestrian groups, fire trucks and over 20 community organizations. It will be televised for the fifth year on WXYZ-TV Channel 7.
A pancake breakfast will be held at the Older Persons’ Commission, Letica Drive, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7. It’s open to the public and costs $5 for adults and $2 for children under the age of 12.
Also, the Rochester Rotary has teamed up with the chamber, to offer specific toy drop-off points along the parade route on Main Street. Items requested are coloring books, activity books and toys and will be donated to the Rainbow Connection.
The parade will air until 4 p.m. or when Santa and Mrs. Clause arrive downtown. Free pictures with Santa will be available before the parade from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of Anidamo Osteria on the corner of Fourth and Main, as well as after the parade at Bordine Nursery, 1835 S. Rochester Rd at Hamlin, from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Children and families can have their picture taken and enjoy free refreshments.
Arrive early for parking! A free shuttle service will be available from 12:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. from the Chase Bank at the corner of Walton and Livernois to the Chase Bank at the corner Fourth and Pine streets.
Tienken Road from Rochester to Letica will close for about three hours starting at noon. Some side streets will be closed as well.