Light A Candle For Literacy Parade & Children's Book Festival Saturday, September 10

Southside Program Founder, Geneva Hayden, and ProLiteracy Architect Ruth Colvin to Serve as Grand Marshalls
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Sept. 5, 2022 - PRLog -- WHAT: The Light A Candle for Literacy Parade and Children's Book Festival will begin with a celebratory procession, followed by a festival designed to promote literacy and community. The event will feature local children's book authors and illustrators including award-winning children's book illustrator, London Ladd; and will include live performances and a special appearance by Disney's Princess Tiana. A variety of engaging activities for children of all ages will be available, in addition to free book giveaways.

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

A cash prize will be given to the best book character costume.

WHEN: Saturday, September 10, 2022
12 to 4 p.m. (12 noon – Parade Starts & 1 - 4 p.m. – Book Festival)

WHERE: The parade begins at Beauchamp Library (2111 South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY
13205), and marches to Brighton Academy Middle School (formerly Danforth) (309 West Brighton Ave, Syracuse, NY 13205) where the festival will take place.

Parade route: West on Colvin Street, left on Midland Ave, right on West Lafayette Avenue

Grand Marshalls: Geneva Hayden, Co-Founder, Light A Candle For Literacy, and Ruth Johnson Colvin, Founder, ProLiteracy Worldwide

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit


This event is made possible by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding from the City of Syracuse, The Central New York Community Foundation, The United Way of Central New York, New York State Senator John W. Mannion, CNY Arts, The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, National Grid, Alan Byer Volvo, Tops Friendly Markets, Scholastic Books, Syracuse Teachers Association, and Onondaga County Public Library.

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