In Memoriam • Parade Co-Founder • Marilyle Sweet Page • 1942-2021

 We are saddened to share the passing of Rev. Marilyle Sweet Page, the co-founder of the Rochester Dachshund Parade, who left us on February 9, 2021.

Rev. Page and Rev. Thomas Hanson hosted the very first parade at the Episcopal Diocesan Home on May 4, 2002, before moving to the current site at Washington Square Park in 2005. Marilyle was the continuing spirit through 18 annual parades, and we will carry that spirit into the future as a sweet remembrance.

Hope to Hold 19th Rochester Dachshund Parade in 2021

The 19th Annual Dachshund Parade could not be held in Rochester in the year 2020, but we have high hopes for 2021. As the Covid-19 pandemic is still in full force, we do not expect to stage our event in late spring as we have in years past. Instead, we are hoping for circumstances to improve and looking to the fall of the year. With luck, we may be able to gather to celebrate our favorite breed before we see snow fall. Perhaps we'll all be together to celebrate Halloween with our Halloweenies!

All of this depends on our good friends at the City of Rochester being able to safely re-open Washington Square Park for our use, and for all of us to feel safe sharing that space with hundreds of dachshunds and their happy owners. Stay tuned, and we'll let you know when as soon as we can.

POSTPONED: 19th Annual Rochester Dachshund Parade

Due to the the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, the 19th Annual Rochester Dachshund Parade originally scheduled for Saturday, May 9, 2020 in Washington Square Park will be postponed until a later date. The planning committee will continue to monitor state and local health advisories and will reschedule the parade when it is safe to do so. Please follow this website for further information.

2019 Parade Photos

Check out these photos from the 18th Annual Parade taken by Rob Frost on May 11, 2019.

18th Annual Rochester Dachshund Parade

Saturday, May 11 at 10 AM - 12 PM
Washington Square Park, 181 S. Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14607
Is your dachshund a dog for all seasons? Our favorite season is spring when the lilacs bloom and the dachshunds parade around Washington Square Park in downtown Rochester. The 18th Annual Rochester Dachshund Parade is coming on Saturday, May 11, 2019, and you're all invited.


Do you have a product or service that dachshund owners would like to buy?

The Annual Rochester Dachshund Parade may be just the marketing venue for you.

Hundreds of dachshund owners and their dogs congregate in Washington Square Park from 10 AM until Noon on a Saturday in May to enjoy mingling and shopping for treats, clothing, services and more.

If you are interested in participating this year or in the future, please send an email to and tell us about your business. We promise to get right back to you with details on how you can be a part of the dachshund parade.

"Dachshunds only, PLEASE."

There have been discussions on this site concerning the presence of big dogs at our event. As co-chair of the coordinating committee, I want to take this opportunity to clarify what we mean when we say "Dachshunds only, PLEASE."

Over the 17 years hosting the Dachshund Parade we have observed that on the whole our dogs get along with each other, and they even accept other small dogs among them. But most of our dachshunds react negatively toward big dogs they do not know. If your big dog and your dachshund get along just fine at home, that is no guarantee that other dachshunds will accept your big dog at the parade.

We respectfully ask you either to leave your big dog at home or to restrict its presence to the perimeter of the park area where dachshunds that wish to make friends may do so.

Alan Frost

2018 Parade Photos

Check out these photos from the 17th Annual Parade taken by Rob Frost on May 12, 2018.

2018 Parade is on Rain or Shine

We're also asking our friendly local weatherman Rich Caniglia if he can make some improvements on his predictions!

Local Television Coverage of the 2018 Parade

Click here to see Rochester Dachshund Parade coming up this weekend on Good Day Rochester.
Check out the famous, one-of-a-kind hat that Marilyle Sweet Page is wearing in this interview on Channel 8.
And Channel 8 was at the parade on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

2017 Parade Photos

On Google+:
Click here to see photos taken by Betsey Gawve of the 16th Annual Rochester Dachshund Parade in Washington Square Park on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

2017 Parade is on Rain or Shine

Our favorite local weatherman, Rich Caniglia, gave us this special forecast.

16th Annual Rochester Dachshund Parade

Saturday, May 13 at 10 AM - 12 PM
Washington Square Park, 181 S. Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY, 14607

This year our parade turns Sweet Sixteen! Whether your dachshund is 16 weeks or 16 years, come and party with us. There will be plenty of time for picture taking in the park and a fashion show on the stage, culminating with all the pups on parade just before noon. You’re sure to see doxies that are pretty in pink or bold in blue, plus hundreds more in all sizes, colors and coats.

Memory Book

Each year at the parade we welcome new entries to our Memory Book. You may create them in advance or construct them on site.
Here are some examples from prior years.

Volunteers Needed for May 13, 2017 Parade

Please contact us at the email address shown below. DO NOT post contact information in reply to this post.