Lifting Up Livingston’s St. Patty’s Day Parade Will Go On Saturday, Rain or Shine

GENESEO – Geneseo is the lucky Village that gets to host the third annual Lifting Up Livingston St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday.

Over 40 acts and counting will march from the Livingston County Government Center at Court and Main Streets to the Village Park starting at 1 p.m. Shops will have special sales, restaurants will have special meals and the Village will be bustling, like Avon was in the parade’s first two years.

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“We are looking forward to a great turnout with many area groups joining from girl scouts to local law enforcement to fire departments,” said Andrea Bailey, one of the founding members of Lifting Up Livingston. “We have several groups returning and several new groups.”

Lifting Up Livingston is a nonprofit cancer fundraising organization created by county residents for county residents. The group raises funds to help Livingston County families with medical costs as they fight cancer.

This parade is their biggest event of the year, and last year gathered 42 acts and more than 1,000 happy spectators. The idea is to let the parade travel through several towns over several years. It moved from Avon to Geneseo and will likely move again soon.

“We are excited to have the parade here,” said Josh Williams, Chairman of Geneseo Community Main Street. “Lifting Up Livingston does great work to support those families who are enduring the battle against cancer.”

As far as the weather, nothing is certain but weatherunderground.com forecasts highs around 40 degrees and a 75 percent chance of rain.

“We know a lot of people didn’t make it to Rochester last week because of the weather,” said St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee member David Hoffmann. “We hope to see them at this parade.”

Anyone interested in participating can still fill out an online form at liftinguplivingsto.org.

Main Street on Thursday. (Photo/Conrad Baker)