The longstanding Teddy Bear Parade that takes place during the late morning on Saturday of the Geneseo Summer Festival was exceptionally popular on this particular day. Hundreds of children and parents flocked to St. Michael’s Episcopal Church to march in the parade. It was quite possibly the largest gathering of teddy bears and children in the history of the parade.
“I really liked the parade!” Said an enthusiastic Violet Friday who was marching in her first Teddy Bear Parade with her bear Berry Bear. “This was my first parade and once we started marching I got really excited.”
“It is a sort of rite of passage for kids to come and march in the Teddy Bear Parade.” Said her mother Saragrace Friday. “It is a great event, and a lot of fun for the kids.”
Just after the Teddy Bear Parade ended, so began the Dime Carnival in the Village Park. Put on by CASA, (Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse of Livingston County) is another event that kids at the festival were able to enjoy.
“This is my third Dime Carnival and I really like the games.” Said 4-year-old Matthew Neus.
“It is a great event that we make sure to never miss.” His father Jason Neus added, a longtime resident of Geneseo. “The kids love it and along with the Air Show we really love coming out.”
The Summer Festival continues throughout the day today and finishes up on Sunday.