Strawberry Festival welcomes parade entries for June 11 in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 May 2022 at 12:06 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: A Strawberry Shortcake character waves to the crowd during the Albion Strawberry Festival parade on June 8, 2019, the last time there was a Starwberry Fest parade in Albion. The character was among several people in costume from Enchanted Princess Parties of Rochester. The parade returns on June 11.

ALBION – Organizers of the Albion Strawberry Festival are welcoming participants in the parade on June 11.

The floats don’t need to be grandiose displays, said June Persia, festival organizer.

She wants to see businesses, community organizations and agencies put together floats for the parade from the school on Route 31 and then down Main Street to the canal.

There wasn’t a festival in 2020 or 2021, but it returns for the 35th year on June 10-11.

There are already about 10 marching bands in the parade. Persia would like more community groups, partly to space out the bands so they aren’t playing over each other.

She also wants the floats to showcase a vibrant and dynamic community.

“This parade is all about just having a good time,” she said. “Just come out and enjoy being a part of the parade.”

There are forms about the parade rules on the festival website (click here). The main guidelines are to avoid political messages and keep the display family-friendly.

The festival has about 50 craft vendors committed so far, plus 14 food vendors. There will be a 5k/8k race, the turtle race, a car show, a new 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a pie-in-the-face fundraiser, bounce house, I Got It game and other activities.