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The Literacy Parade & Children’s Book Festival will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2023 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  The parade starts at 12 noon at Beauchamp Library, 2111 South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13205, and ends at Brighton Academy Middle School, 309 W Brighton Ave, Syracuse, NY 13205, where the festival begins at 1:00 p.m.


The festival is a reboot of the annual celebration that took place from 2005 to 2015 led by Mrs. Geneva Hayden, Edward Kochian, Karen Norton, and other members of the community.​  The continued purpose of this event is to increase awareness of the importance of literacy, counteract the summer reading loss in children, and help parents understand the importance of reading to their children daily.


The event will feature local children’s book authors and illustrators, free book giveaways, live performances, and a variety of engaging activities for children of all ages.  

Individuals, families, volunteers, businesses, organizations, churches, and schools
are all invited to participate in the parade!  

About the Festival

Super Hero Kids

Join in the fun and dress up as
your favorite book character!

Best Individual Costume: $50.00

Best Class or Group: Pizza Party

Parade Route

West on W. Colvin Street Left on Midland Ave, right on West Lafayette Avenue.  Lineup for the parade begins at 11:00 a.m. at Beauchamp Library.

Grand Marshalls

Last year's Grand Marshalls were veteran literacy advocates Geneva Hayden, Co-Founder of Light A Candle For Literacy and Ruth Johnson Colvin, Founder of ProLiteracy Worldwide.


Each and every volunteer has an important job to help make this event a success.  Jobs can include helping with set up (tables, chairs, books, signage), greeting authors, welcoming visitors, registration, helping authors during readings and signings, etc. 

Thank You To Our Sponsors

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