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MI Earth Day Fest Continues Today With Parade in Rochester

Parade, pep rally greet Day 2 of annual festival.

The MI Earth Day Parade will kick off Day 2 of the MI Earth Day Festival. The parade steps off at 11 a.m. Saturday east of the Rochester Mills Beer Co. building at 4th and Water streets and ending at the festival's main stage with a pep rally until noon.

Rochester Police bikers will lead a parade of green walkers, bikers, musicians, performers, drummers, pets, dancers, displays and more.

Lineup for the parade will begin at the activities tent at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot behind the Rochester Mills building. Marchers may park in any available public parking lot.

The parade route is a half-mile. It will run north to the Paint Creek Trail and follow the trail south to Second Street, then west onto Third Street and north along Water, circling the festival, and back to the main stage.

A pep rally will follow at the festival's Main Stage where prizes will be awarded for best display, costume, (non-motorized) vehicle and kids' entry, and largest/loudest group.

The festivities continue throughout the day with live entertainment:

PerformerDescriptionBioTime Rachel Lee Williams Local singer-songwriter performing a mixture of covers and original music. Rachel is a local singer-songwriter who performs regularly at events and venues in southeastern Michigan. She recently released her debut EP "Lock and Key" which is available on iTunes, Bandcamp, and Amazon. 10 a.m. The Pied Pipers Recorder Ensemble The ensemble will be performing music from the medieval, renaissance and modern time periods. The Pied Pipers Recorder Ensemble is made up of fourth and fifth grade students from Baldwin and Musson Elementary Schools. They perform annually at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. 10:30 a.m. Kincer Catallo Private Voice Studio Singer Jennifer Kincer, voice students and professional musician friends will be singing songs of past and present. Jennifer Kincer has been a voice teacher for 16 years and has a long list of performing credits as a singer and actor. Music is generally pop style. Noon Doni Flynn of Fresh 100.3 Earth Day Talent Showcase

Watch the local community show off their singing voices. You'll hear songs old and new, maybe even an original or two.  Fresh 100.3 has brought back to Detroit Doni Flynn for its morning show, slotting her alongside host Jay Towers.  6 p.m.
Barbara Krueger April 27, 2013 at 12:47 PM
Maybe the Brooksie Way should use the same parade route and stay away from Adams Rd.
Stay Informed April 27, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Rochester Hills is allowing drilling for oil and gas next to Adams High School, Nowicki Park by Carson's and in the Stony Creek Cemetery. The drilling company can use our water for free while the trucks destroy our roads, and the process pollutes our air. Call the Mayor and tell him not to allow drilling in our neighborhoods. Protect our environment!
Patricia April 27, 2013 at 03:16 PM
It would be nice in our residential areas we didn't have all the light pollution and light trespass by inconsiderate people illuminating 150-200 feet beyond their property and direct into the windows and property of others. These lights are on sometimes 24/7and others needlessly into other houses and property all through the night without benefit of shield or even directed to their own property. Curbing this light pollution is a simple step to "green" that many cities have taken and Rochester has yet to step up to the plate. But it embraces the "Earth Festival", "Green Living", etc .. Again, there are many residents that practice good lighting and respect boundaries while others don't and don't respect the earth, care about light pollution or even conserving and protecting for their grandchildren, children or any of the future generations. Simple way to know if people practice what they preach, take a look at the bulb, needless and stray light, over lighting and wasted energy that we all pay for....One lady says, "I don't care...as long as I have the money and can pay for it I'm going to...." and the three backyard lights illuminate into 6 other properties....we need to do a better job as a city and as a community for future generations and for this earth.
Carol April 28, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Ironic how so many at the Earth Day Fest have piles of paper handouts...
Sharon April 29, 2013 at 01:54 PM
I agree Pat, ask anyone the last time that they were able to see the milky way in the sky. You have to be way up north to see it. It's a tragedy that city and suburban kids never see it. That 'lady' should be ashamed.
Patricia April 30, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Thanks-in our neck of the woods (city) there is no night time--at least not on our property. A couple of neighbors decided to turn the night into day-6 carriage lights (backyard/garage only) and illuminate right through our house and a rental. Pocket size yards, 20 foot driveways and the illumination is 150 feet beyond their property line. There is no reasoning with this "mind set" and the disrespect for what they are not entitled to. Rochester needs to step up to the plate. Light pollution is running rampant in our area-while other cities are doing a good job eliminating this. The sky glow at night here is both appalling and surreal. It is disruptive to people, animals, birds and even vegetation-produces glare, heat and takes away the rights of others in the area to enjoy the beauty of the night on their own property. This gross and needles over lighting contributes to pollution and higher energy costs. Pretty soon looking into the night sky and seeing a star will be classified as "extinct". Pretty sad when you can teach about the universe, the sky, the stars and kids can only see photos and can't look up and see anything in Rochester. Very disheartening to know what they a re missing out on experiencing. We use to see the Big Dipper and the Southern Cross from our yard-use to...now you can read the paper at 2 a.m. without turning on a light-compliments of the neighbors.

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