by Jake Clapp
The City of Rochester announced today that a new downtown parade route will take effect in 2015. The new route will start at East Avenue and Scio Street and end at Main Street and Plymouth Avenue.
The original parade route started at East Avenue and Alexander Street, but construction of the Inner Loop Project required the change. A proposed route, released in October, had a starting point at the Liberty Pole at Main and Franklin. The first proposal caused some push-back from East End bars and businesses that benefited from the influx of patrons watching the parades along East Avenue.
The new route, the City says, was settled after seeking input from event organizers from the St. Patrick's Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day parade committees, members of the East End Business Association, and the community. The City also held a public meeting on November 17.
"We appreciate the complexities behind planning large-scale events," Mayor Lovely Warren said, "and are happy that parade organizers and the community could come together to better understand how construction of the Inner Loop project will impact events for the next couple of years."