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Lilac Festival canceled for May; organizers hope to reschedule

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The Lilac Festival is the latest casualty of closures because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Festival organizers announced Friday afternoon in a Facebook post that they won't be able to hold the event, scheduled for May 8-17.

"As of today, we are being advised by the Monroe County Health Department that we will be unable to hold the 2020 Rochester Lilac Festival during the originally planned timeframe," organizers wrote. "As you can imagine, this is painful for all of us."

They said they're optimistic that it may be possible to reschedule.

"As time progresses, and more information is known, we’ll be letting you, our valued festival participants and attendees know if and when we plan to reschedule the Festival," organizers wrote. "Hang in there and stay healthy."