Senior parade to honor our county athletes

Genesee County senior athletes will all be honored Tuesday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m. with a vehicle parade starting at the K-Mart in Batavia and ending at Batavia HS with a Chicken BBQ drive-thru.

BATAVIA — A few changes have been finalized for the Tuesday, June 2 ‘Senior Spring Athlete Parade’ for all Genesee County student-athletes.

Originally the parade was going to start at the Stafford Fire Hall but has been switched to the K-Mart parking lot in Batavia, a more centralized location.

There are several safety guidelines that have been put in place and “all guidelines must be followed at all times,” said event coordinator and Byron-Bergen AD Rich Hannan.

Each person involved must be either six-feet away or must wear a mask. This rule will have no exceptions.

At 5:15 p.m. the student-athletes are expected to line -up at the K-Mart parking lot in Batavia.

All athletes are encouraged to decorate their cars, make signs, and according to Hannan, “Have fun with it.”

All the student-athletes should stay in or at their vehicles and no wandering around to see friends.

“We do not want the kids to be driving themselves,” Hannan said, who also noted that an adult, preferably a parent or guardian is expected to drive the kids in the parade.

All cars must follow the parade route and follow the lead of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department, who will be leading the way.

The parade is expected to begin driving at precisely 5:30 p.m.

The route for the parade is as follows:

Leave K-Mart parking lot at 5:30 p.m.

Turn Right on RT 63 and head out to Oakfield.

Turn Right on RT 262, go through Elba to Byron.

Right on RT 237 and head south to Stafford.

Right on RT 5 and head west into Batavia.

Rake a right on Oak St., then a right on Richmond Ave before taking a left on State St.

The parade will end at Batavia HS, where a drive-thru Chicken BBQ will take place for anyone interested.

Each Chicken BBQ will cost $10 per person. Any money raised will go directly to the Genesee County Food Bank.

The parade event will be sponsored by Special Tees and each senior student-athlete in the parade will receive a free-shirt to commemorate the special event.

Guidelines for parents / spectators:

Parents and spectators are encouraged to line the parade route with signs, balloons, etc., in support of their senior athletes.

Spectators are also expected to follow the same guidelines, either six-feet or wear a mask.

“We thought it would be a great idea to have a big parade to celebrate all the seniors in the Genesee Region League and Genesee County senior athletes as well,” Hannan said. “All schools in the county are welcomed to attend and have parents and families celebrate their spring senior athletes. I give a lot of credit to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office for supporting our idea. As a parent of a 2020 senior athlete, I know how families are feeling at this time. If this parade brings a little positive to these seniors, then I am a happy AD, teacher, coach, and parent.”

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