The largest festival of its kind in North America began 116 years ago and continues to be inspired by the magnificent lilac collection at Highland Park — 500 varieties of lilacs on more than 1,200 bushes. Visitors will see not only nature's bounty in abundance, but also enjoy entertainment including national headline concerts, exhibitors, food vendors, children's activities, Art & Craft Show, the Highland Hospital Lilac Run 10K/5K, and the televised Lilac Parade. The 2014 Rochester Lilac Parade at 10:30 a.m.. Saturday May 10, presents dozens of marching bands, decorated floats, clowns, dancers and costumed characters. Other special events include three days of Wine & Chocolate Tasting, a Craft Beer Garden. The festival is produced by the Springut Group Inc. and is a joint venture of Monroe County Parks, City of Rochester, and VisitRochester convention and visitors bureau. And although Mother Nature has the final say the lilacs are expected to be in full bloom for the festival! The Rochester Lilac Festival is an experience for all of your senses — See the magnificent array of colors, people, and arts & crafts; Smell the aromatic lilacs; Hear entertaining musical acts; Taste the variety of foods and treats; and Touch a lilac branch as you sniff a fresh bud or walk hand-in-hand along the spectacular park paths. OUR SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY We welcome feedback and opinions on our online platforms. However, out of basic human respect , those posting must abide by the following policy or comments will be deleted and the poster will be blocked, plus the poster and the comment may be reported to Facebook as abusive. The Facebook policy for the Rochester Lilac Festival: 1. We will not allow personal attacks of any kind. In no situation or circumstance should a negative post include a person's name. 2. If you have a negative opinion, please tell us. But please do so constructively; we don't mind and we want all feedback. However, personal attacks and derogatory statements do not help us or the community.