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Frigid Weather Doesn't Spoil Caribbean Christmas-Themed Parade

Santa Claus arrives in downtown Rochester. Video credit: John McKay
Santa Claus arrives in downtown Rochester. Video credit: John McKay
Old Man Winter apparently didn't get the memo about the theme of this year's Hometown Christmas Parade.

While a bevy of floats and marching participants abided by the Caribbean Christmas theme with beach and watercraft imagery, blustery winter conditions made Sunday's parade a frigid affair, with the cold conditions even disabling your Patch editor's iPhone early into the parade! 

With a spectacular variety of marching bands—Stoney Creek, Rochester High, Avondale, Hazel Park and Adams—as well as dance studios, sports clubs, scouting troops, schools, service organizations, firefighters and police and our beloved Leader Dogs, the 2013 Hometown Christmas Parade made standing out in the cold for nearly two hours worth it for the tightly packed crowds lined along Main Street in Rochester.

Check out our video highlights above this story. Your Patch editor also attempted to bring highlights live from the parade and partially succeeded, even with an iPhone disabled by the cold weather. You can read our embarrassingly flustered live coverage here. If you attended the parade, tweet your photos with the hashtags #rochxmasparade and/or #christmasparade to join the live gallery.

  • Watch the Stoney Creek Marching Band here.
  • Watch the Rochester High School Marching Band here.
  • Watch the Adams Marching Band here.
Kathy Gladd December 09, 2013 at 10:26 AM
Thanks to all of the Rochester Lions who worked on the float. Amazing group of kids playing the steel drums!

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