4 Events to get to in Downtown on Saturday

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This weekend is PACKED with events! The Rochester Lilac Fest and the Rochester International Film Festival begin, Black Button Distilling releases their Lilac Gin, TEDx Rochester 2019 at the RMSC, Sunday is Mother’s Day…and, of course, so much more.

But as always, we wanted to highlight 4 big things happening in downtown: Clean Sweep 2019, the Dachshund Parade, Play the Riverway and the Twilight Criterium. Here’s what they are all about:

Clean Sweep: 8am-12pm

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The Rochesteriat

Join the City of Rochester and hundreds of other volunteers on Saturday cleaning up the city. Sign-ups begin at 8am at Frontier Field where they’ll have free Clean Sweep tees, muffins, danishes and coffee. Join a project in a specific neighborhood or get assigned to a group that could use more help.

Volunteers participating in Clean Sweep will receive a free ticket to the Red Wings game that afternoon which starts at 1:05pm. You’ll also receive a voucher for food and drink at the game. Free parking will be available to those wearing Clean Sweep t-shirts.

Note: while there are many Clean Sweep groups that clean around downtown, this event is city-wide!

More Details: Clean Sweep
Kick-off Location: Frontier Field

Dachshund Parade: 10am-12pm

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the Rochesteriat

Whether you have a dachshund or not, you’re not gonna want to miss the Dachshund Parade in Washington Square. Back for it’s 18th year, the event draws dachshunds (and their human owners) from across our New York state and beyond. There will be music, pet related vendors, food for purchase from Dave’s Sidewalk Cart, a fashion show, the official dachshund song sing-a-long, and of course the parade which concludes the event.

And as always, please don’t bring dogs that aren’t dachshunds - it’s to celebrate DACHSHUNDS!

More Details: Dachshund Parade
Location: Washington Square Park

Play the Riverway: 2-5pm

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On Saturday, during the kick-off of the Twilight Criterium, Court Street will be turned into a play street from the Central Library at South Ave running down to the corner of Court and St. Mary’s Place. Put on by healthi Kids and the Play Walk, there will be an inflatable rock wall, Roc City Skatepark, games, music, accessible activities, demos, mascots, and more.

Looking for more kids activities? Head to the Broad Street Bridge for Little Kids & Big Rigs!

More Details: Play the Riverway
Location: Court, from South to St. Mary’s

Twilight Criterium: 2-10pm

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the Rochesteriat

The MVP Health Rochester Twilight Criterium is back. This high speed bicycle race is set on a 1-mile loop in downtown and draws racers from all over the world. The race starts and ends on the Broad Street Bridge but can be viewed from anywhere along the course. See our latest post for more information on what to find at the Criterium: Rochester Twilight Criterium: 5 Things You Need to Know

More Details: Twilight Criterium
Location: Downtown

Looking for more events in the city? Check out our Events Page!


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DO NOT MISS: Dachshund Parade this Saturday!

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This year is the 17th Annual Rochester Dachshund Parade! Whether you have a Dachshund or not, go for the fun and festivities: dachshunds in costumes, dachshunds on parade, the food and all around good time as hundreds of dachshunds and their owners take over Washington Square Park.

More Info:
Saturday, May 12th, 10am - 12pm in Washington Square Park
Official website
Facebook Page

RoChester Dachshund Parade

RoChester Dachshund Parade


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Here's What We Found Looking Through Our iPhone Pics 2015...

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We take a lot of photos. It's what we do. It's a huge part of the Rochesteriat, and simply - it's what we love. Most days we carry our camera around and we always have our phones on us, no matter where we go. When we write posts, we always have a ton of media to look through. Some of the best shots make it in our posts, many others do not. 

So, as we've been tweaking the new site for 2016, here's a look at some of our iPhone shots that didn't make it into the posts last year. Yes we may be a little behind doing a look back at 2015, but better late than never. And yes, we found out that we liked food - A LOT. But don't judge us because WE'RE those people always taking shots of our plates. What can we say, food on a plate at these city establishments is like art to us. 

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Yup, good ol' comfort food. This was a delicious smoked mozzarella pizza at Fiorella's at the Public Market infused with garlic, greens, and pecorino cheese. You just have to treat yourself to a pizza sometimes.

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One of our favorite persons in Rochester - Niraj Lama of Happy Earth Tea. Niraj and his wife, Mary, started Happy Earth in 2011 and have been importing some of the world's finest teas to Rochester. You may be interested to know that they are located in the historic Hungerford Building, and you can sign up for an amazing tea class experience here, during which we captured this shot. 

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Listen, as healthy as we try to be, sometimes you just have to splurge a little. Have you been to Balsam Bagels lately? Maybe a vegan-chocolate-chip-cream-cheese bagel? There are so many options of bagels and flavors of cream cheese, you can change it up every time you go. Oh, and it's not all vegan for those of us who like the normal stuff. 

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If we want to keep eating like we do, we have to make sure to work it off as well. This picture was taken in early August last year of the mini sweep a group of us did just prior to the first-ever outdoor salon for TEDxFlourCity in the Washington Square Park. We're grateful for such committed, hard-working residents of this city keeping it beautiful. 

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And speaking of the Washington Square Park - did you know that there is a Dachshund Parade that happens every May? Yes, it's quite the spectacle where dachshunds (and their owners!) get all dressed up and prance around the stage and park. This coming year is the 15th anniversary happening on May 7th, 2016 - do not miss! 

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You've had Hart's Breakfast sandwiches, right!? Yes, they are the best. In fact, this was the first place we went after we came back from being out of the country because we simply wanted something American-Amazeballs. You can build-your-own or you can go with a popular selection, the Signature Breakfast Sandwich. So here's the plan: on May 7th, stop over to Hart's for a great breakfast, and then you can walk it off by heading to the Dachshund Parade that starts at 10am - see we know how to plan your day right! 

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And yet another way to be involved at the street level here in ROC...this was a street painting party in NOTA that took place in September. We're really excited how much creativity goes into beautifying this city!

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We all know of Jines, The Frog Pond, and Cure, to name a few of the amazing places around the City to get brunch. But what about something different? What about the "Hangover Bowls" at Blu Wolf Bistro on Park Ave? Yes, they may look like slop on a plate, but essentially it's heaven in a bowl. Try one out and you won't be sorry...forget the hangover, I'm pretty sure this will put you into a food coma afterwards. 

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Finally, this shot was taken last year of an iconic building that is being transformed in downtown Rochester - The Metropolitan - formerly known as the Chase Tower. We are eagerly awaiting the work that Gallina Development is doing to convert it into mixed-use space of apartments, condos, office, and retail.

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Dachshund Parade: wieners in the park

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CULTURE || 

If you have not been to a Dachshund Parade in the Washington Square Park, you're really missing out...This Saturday, May 10th, you'll get your chance to see and be a part of this fun and hilarious event put on in one of downtown Rochester's historic Parks!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFqhS7dEoPM Video courtesy of Michael Whiting of Whiting's Village Studio v2.0

From the Rochester Dachshund Parade website:

"Can you believe it -- the Rochester Dachshund Parade turns 13 this year. You could even say, 'We're not a kid anymore!' But all the kids are invited along with the moms and dads and grandparents to enjoy the magnificent sight of wiener dogs on parade in the heart of the city. It's been a long, cold, snowy winter, so come out and enjoy one of Rochester's rites of spring and the Parade's lucky 13th!"

Mission of the Dachshund Parade Committee: "The Dachshund Parade Committee is a group of dachshund owners in the Rochester area who are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership. While the primary function is to stage an annual world-class gathering of dachshunds and their owners in downtown Rochester, members are encouraged to work year-round to:

Provide education to dachshund owners about health issues. Support well managed breed rescue efforts. Give financial support to community organizations dedicated to relief of animal suffering. Celebrate the joy of the breed."

More photos: Dachshund Parade banner Dachshund Parade 2 Dachshund Parade 1 Dave's Sidewalk Cafe Superman Dachshund Oscar Mayer Mobile Dachshund Parade

More Info: Saturday, May 10th 10am - 12noon Washington Square Park Official website

Event is open to the public; good for children and adults; ONLY Dachshunds allowed at the park please!

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