Christmas is more than a month away, but the holiday spirit will fill McKeesport streets this weekend.
The city's annual Salute to Santa parade is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m.
It will travel Fifth Avenue to the Shop ‘n Save store. Lineup will be at the Market Street intersection at 10, 10:15 and 10:30, respectively, for the parade's three divisions.
It is presented by the city's recreation department.
“The Salute to Santa parade is a terrific tradition in McKeesport, and attended by hundreds from not only the city, but also surrounding areas,” Mayor Michael Cherepko's administrative assistant Annette James said.
The Pipeline Skaterz from Youngwood, and The Steel City Harmonizers will join traditional audience favorites such as fire trucks, K-9 officers and floats.
“The Christmas parade is one of the biggest events that takes place in the city that we look forward to each and every year,” Cherepko said. “The committee does an outstanding job. What a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season.”
Cherepko said he and his family plan to walk with city administrators and their families.
“I think most people look forward to the holidays,” Cherepko said. “I think you're going to see plenty of people up and down both sides of the street.”
State Sen. James Brewster will be grand marshal.
A children's party will follow at the Palisades. Shriner clowns will make balloon animals, and winners of the the queen and princess contest will be announced.
Cherepko will present a proclamation to the Soap Box Derby winner.
The first 500 attendees receive a free hot dog lunch.
Cherepko lauded the recreation department for the parade and party preparations.
“I am very appreciative of all the exhaustive efforts of the committee and everything they do,” said Cherepko. “The volunteers that we have are so instrumental in moving our city forward.”
James gave particular credit to Margaret O'Keson, Tom Dineen, Chuck Jarrell and Marie Domingo.
“It takes a lot of time and work to put together a successful event, and everyone's help is greatly appreciated,” James said.
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.