|Ontario Beach Park|
|DISCONTINUED (as of 2011)|
The festival features concerts, an arts and crafts exhibit, a fireworks display, a classic car show, and more.
From a City of Rochester press release
Rochester Harbor and Carousel Festival, one of Rochester's favorite family events, will return to Charlotte's Ontario Beach Park June 24-26. The festival celebrates its return after being suspended in 2001 to allow for the completion of the renovations along Lake Ave. and within the Port of Rochester area. Along with the completion of Charlotte's re-designed Genesee River harbor area, the festival coincides with the 100th Anniversary of the historic, beach-side Dentzel Carousel, and the impending launch of "The Cat," the city-owned catamaran, soon to resume fast ferry service between Rochester and Toronto.
Free Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Museum tours and an abundance of arts and crafts for sale will be featured throughout the festival, and the Wegmans Children's Area will offer exhibits, interactive activities, games, entertainment and rides just for kids.
The spectacular "Boat Parade of Lights," at 8:30 p.m., Fri., features dozens of brightly lit and decorated vessels passing in review as they head out on the Genesee River into Lake Ontario. Hundreds of dollars in prizes await the boat captains and crews who best decorate their crafts and costume themselves to represent fairy tales, reflecting the theme, "Fairy Tales." Boats having courtesy safe boating certification by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Power Squadron or Sheriff's Marine Patrol will get bonus points.
The Ontario Beach Park Program Committee regretfully announces that the tall ship Fair Jeanne will be unable to attend the festival due to mechanical difficulties.
In November 2011 the Ontario Beach Park Program Committee said in a news release that the festival had largely met its goal of turning Ontario Beach Park and the port area into a destination for residents and tourists and would be discontinued.
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