Many faces on parade at Strawberry Fest in Albion
Photos by Tom Rivers
ALBION – There were lots of festive characters and happy faces during the 33rdannual Albion Strawberry Festival parade on Saturday.
Sheryl Watts, owner and artistic designer of Air Raising Events, made a strawberry costume out of balloons.
Barbara Monaghan of Albion covers her son Owen’s ears when some noisy fire trucks went by.
The Rochester Scottish Pipes & Drums march down Main Street.
Matthew Bloom walks a Dalmatian in the parade. His father Nathan is a member of the Albion Fire Department. Matthew’s mother Chrissy Beach pushes his twin siblings, who aren’t enjoying the loud noises at the parade.
Jim Hollinger carries the American flag while joining others veterans in the parade.
Teresa Gaylard, children’s library director at Hoag Library, led her co-workers in a dance routine with library book carts. They are promoting the upcoming summer reading program from June 22 to Aug. 15. This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories.”
Peyton Robinson plays the saxophone in the Albion marching band.
Melissa Barnosky, the Strawberry Festival queen, waves to the crowd. Monica Thomas is the festival princess. Other festival royalty includes Ryan Krenning as king and Hunter Zambito as prince.
State Assemblyman Steve Hawley serves as emcee the Strawberry Festival parade on Saturday. Mayor Eileen Banker, Hawley’s chief of staff, helps Hawley follow the order of about 75 different parade groups and organizations. June Persia is at left, and village trustees Pete Sidari and Stan Farone are at right.
A Strawberry Shortcake character waves to the crowd during the parade. The character was among several people in costume from Enchanted Princess Parties of Rochester.
Colton Chappius, owner of Chappius Construction, stops during the parade to give his dog a sip of water.
The Hitman Brass Band in Rochester perform during the 33rd annual Strawberry Festival.
Kolton Barry, 5, gets back in line with his team after throwing candy on the parade route. He is a member of the Hard Hitters youth baseball team.
Members of the band Zero promote the upcoming Albion Summer Festival featuring Rock the Park 6. Severals bands will perform at Bullard Park on Aug. 3. The Zero band includes Mike Whiting (filling in at guitar for the parade at right), Dylan DeSmit (left), Zack Burgess and Alex DeSmit on drums.
Haley O’Dell carries the flag in leading the Mark Time Marchers down Main Street in the parade.
Jessy Cruz checks his phone before getting the full costume on as The Turtle. Albion High School served as a staging area for many of the parade participants.