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Greensburg parade to reroute traffic

| Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

Greensburg police will close some streets and reroute traffic to accommodate the 21st Holiday Parade on Main Street on Saturday.

Starting at noon, 110 units will strut, roll or walk through the heart of the city, said Frank Lehman, parade committee chairman.

The parade, which typically attracts a few thousand watchers, will begin near the North Main Street bridge near the Westmoreland Museum of American Art and conclude at city hall on South Main Street, Lehman said.

Police anticipate closing Main Street between Otterman and Clopper streets about 10:30 a.m., Capt. George Seranko said.

He recommends that parade watchers arrive early.

Residents are asked to remove parked vehicles from North Maple Avenue between Park and Grant streets by 9 a.m. Saturday. The area will be used as a parade staging area, Seranko said.

On Thursday, police placed notices about on parked vehicles in that section of North Maple.

“We'll have detour signs and officers directing traffic,” Seranko said.

Detours include Pittsburgh Street to Urania Avenue to South Main Street, and College Avenue to Vannear and Euclid avenues, then onto South Main, Seranko said.

The Pittsburgh Pirates Parrot, who is serving as the grand marshal of the parade, will be joined by the Pirates Pierogies.

The 14th Quartermaster Detachment will be recognized as “Community Leader” as soldiers and vehicles of the Army Reserve unit join the parade.

Fourteen members of the unit, based in Hempfield, died during Operation Desert Storm when an Iraqi Scud missile ripped through their makeshift barracks in 1991.

Greensburg Salem and Hempfield Area high school bands are scheduled to perform, along with the Seton Hill University Pep Band and the Latrobe Fire Department Pipes and Drums, Lehman said.

AccuWeather forecasts mostly sunny weather with a high of 52 degrees for Saturday.

Typically, the parade lasts about 90 minutes.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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