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Parade 2020 Update

As the largest Christmas Parade in Michigan with over 100 parade entries and drawing over thousands of individuals to downtown Rochester, Michigan, the official parade committee recognizes the immense responsibility to keep our residents, community organizations, and visitors safe, despite the current health pandemic. After several meetings with stakeholders, the Foundation Board of Directors made the difficult decision, in compliance with governmental regulations, to cancel the 2020 Rochester Area Hometown Christmas Parade.

However, the parade committee resolved to adapt plans and celebrate responsibly with a Parade Tribute, airing in July of 2021 – the 70th year of the parade. You can celebrate that Santa will still be visiting to honor participants and acknowledge the profound community support throughout our region. Announcements will be made on where to view this broadcast special through official RRC Chamber and Foundation channels in the coming months.

Read the full Press Release Here

Parade History

The parade, a beloved, long-standing tradition attracts tens of thousands to the Rochester area typically on the first Sunday in December. The Rochester Area Hometown Christmas Parade, started by the Lion’s Club in the 1950’s, became the responsibility of the Chamber in the early 1960’s. Cited as the largest Christmas parade in Michigan, spectators watch as over 100 floats, marching bands and community groups walk down Rochester Road, anticipating the final float, graciously donated by Bordine’s Nursey, carrying Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The Rochester Area Hometown Christmas Parade has been apart of the Rochester Area for 68 years. The parade rolls down Main Street every year, brought to you by the Rochester Regional Chamber Foundation.

The Rochester Area Hometown Christmas Parade is the largest Christmas parade in Michigan featuring over 100 entries marching down a one and a half mile route.

Parade Activities

Pancake Breakfast
Free Shuttles
Santa's Wonderland
Watch the Parade
Community Afterglow Party

Parade Sponsored By:

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