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City of Poughkeepsie 9/11 Memorial Service

In conjunction with the Kiwanis Club of Poughkeepsie, a 9/11 Memorial Service will be held at City Hall at 9:00am on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.  Mayor Rob Rolison will officiate. 

In the event of inclement weather, the Memorial Service will be held inside City Hall. 

City of Poughkeepsie to host Fourth of July Fireworks Display

The City of Poughkeepsie will host its annual Independence Day Fireworks Display on Thursday, July 4th shortly after dusk (approximately 9:20 pm).  The best places to view the show are from Waryas Park (free), The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (tickets required), or the Walkway over the Hudson (tickets required).

The rain date is Friday, July 5. In the case of rain, please check the city’s website (www.cityofpoughkeepsie.com) and Walkway website (www.walkway.org) for any updates.

Parking is free in municipal parking lots beginning at 5 p.m. and in metered spaces after 6 p.m. Handicapped parking will be available at Waryas Park. No Parking zones will be in place along North Water Street and in the lots of Waryas Park. John M. Flowers Circle at Waryas Park will be closed to vehicular traffic.

“We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July,” said City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison. “There is no better place to celebrate the holiday than on the waterfront in Poughkeepsie. We hope to see you there!”

Mayor Rolison’s Statements Regarding Recent Parades

Following two parades in a 48-hour period and other events in between, City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison thanks the community for coming together and for fostering such positive energy in the city.

Video highlights of 'Champions Parade' in City of Poughkeepsie

On Friday, the City of Poughkeepsie held a “Champions Parade” for the city high school basketball and crew teams for winning state championships. Under pleasant skies, the parade marched down Main Street and ended up at City Hall where ceremonies were held. Afterward, many of the participants headed over to Mansion Square Park where First Friday festivities were taking place. Here are video highlights of that event.

Posted by City of Poughkeepsie on Monday, June 10, 2019
Video highlights of the “Champions Parade”

 “This past weekend was extraordinary,” the mayor said.

Champions Parade

Under pleasant skies on Friday afternoon, people lined both sides of Main Street to watch a parade featuring the Poughkeepsie High School basketball and crew teams, both state champions. The parade continued through downtown and made its way to City Hall where the mayor, School Board President Felicia Watson, coaches from both teams and others greeted the players and presented them with awards. Many of the parade participants and watchers then went over to Mansion Square Park where First Friday festivities – featuring food vendors and music – were underway. The park was jam-packed with people, and the event lasted until nightfall.

Poughkeepsie Pride Weekend

Poughkeepsie Pride organizers painting a crosswalk

On Saturday afternoon, Poughkeepsie Pride Weekend organizers painted the crosswalk at Main and Bridge streets the colors of a rainbow flag, one of many events that culminated with a parade on Sunday afternoon. Approximately 1,000 participated in the city’s first pride parade and festival, an event held in correlation with the 50-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village.

“Sunday’s parade was a joyful sight,” said the mayor. “Having this parade in Poughkeepsie was truly fitting. The city embraces diversity, and we compliment the organizers for working with us and putting on such a great event.  I also want to thank our Police, Fire and Public Works departments for their outstanding work this weekend. Having parades back to back presented some challenges, but, once again, city employees were up to the task. Last weekend will be one that many people will long remember.”

New Date Set for PHS Pioneer Basketball Team Parade

On Friday, June 7, 2019 at 4:00pm, the City of Poughkeepsie will host a parade in honor of the Poughkeepsie High School Basketball Team – our State Class A Champions.  All participants and floats will gather at the Crannell Street parking lot at 4:00pm.  Step off will be at 4:15 pm from the Crannell Street lot.

Mayor Rob Rolison will officiate a ceremony on the steps of City Hall in honor of the team.  After the ceremony, they will continue to Mansion Square Park for First Friday festivities.   

More details to follow. 

Postponed: Poughkeepsie High School State Basketball Championship Parade

The Poughkeepsie High School Basketball Team State Championship parade scheduled for this Friday, May 3, 2019 has been postponed due to the impending weather forecast.    

Please be aware of future notices which will announce a new date.   

PHS Pioneer Parade Postponed – Rain Date: May 3, 2019

Due to the weather forecast for Friday, April 26th, the Poughkeepsie High School Champion Basketball Team parade is being postponed until Friday, May 3, 2019.  The time will still remain at 4:00pm. 

Mayor Rolison’s office will send out subsequent advisories once the parade route logistics are confirmed. 

Boys & Girls Club of Poughkeepsie Celebrates National Boys & Girls Club Week

For more than 75 years, Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation have celebrated National Boys & Girls Club Week by recognizing the invaluable service Clubs bring to communities.

National Boys & Girls Club Week shines a spotlight on more than 4,000 Clubs throughout the United States and on military installations worldwide, showing the public how Clubs unlock the door to Great Futures for our nation’s youth. This is accomplished by providing a fun, safe and caring environment where kids and teens participate in programs that promote learning, inspire leadership and motivate them to live a healthy lifestyle.

Starting today, Monday, April 8- Friday, April 12, 2019, Boys & Girls Club of Poughkeepsie is celebrating the National Boys & Girls Club week.  Mayor Rob Rolison is declaring National Boys & Girls Club Week, April 8-12, 2019 in the City of Poughkeepsie.  He is encouraging all citizens to recognize and commend Boys & Girls Clubs in Poughkeepsie for providing the young people of our community with comprehensive and effective youth development services

4th of July Fireworks Display – Waryas Park

“100 Cups of Coffee” Community Gathering – March 13, 2018

BUILDING A KINDER, SAFER, MORE CONNECTED POUGHKEEPSIE

The primary goal of 100 Cups of Coffee, the Poughkeepsie Transformative Dialogue Project is to help improve community relations in Poughkeepsie by providing spaces for people to come together to talk about the things that are of concern to them in their neighborhoods.  This includes ordinary citizens, community leaders from civic organizations, faith organizations, police, and local leaders.  Supporting these conversations will help change the nature of conflict interaction in Poughkeepsie, affecting how individuals understand and react to the situations they find themselves in and allowing groups to deal with their differences in non-violent ways.  The secondary goal of the project is to document the changes in the community and the effectiveness of the dialogue process, allowing Poughkeepsie to serve as a model for other communities interested in becoming kinder, safer and more connected.

More Info: dutchessny.gov/100cupsofcoffee

“100 Cups of Coffee” Community Gathering – January 9, 2018

Building a kinder, safer, more connected Poughkeepsie

The primary goal of 100 Cups of Coffee, the Poughkeepsie Transformative Dialogue Project is to help improve community relations in Poughkeepsie by providing spaces for people to come together to talk about the things that are of concern to them in their neighborhoods.  This includes ordinary citizens, community leaders from civic organizations, faith organizations, police, and local leaders.  Supporting these conversations will help change the nature of conflict interaction in Poughkeepsie, affecting how individuals understand and react to the situations they find themselves in and allowing groups to deal with their differences in non-violent ways.  The secondary goal of the project is to document the changes in the community and the effectiveness of the dialogue process, allowing Poughkeepsie to serve as a model for other communities interested in becoming kinder, safer and more connected.

More Info: dutchessny.gov/100cupsofcoffee