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Santa spends the day in Steel Valley, the evening in Elizabeth

Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Members of the Steel Valley High School color guard including, from right, Madison Divers, Betsy Novotny, Leah Mooney and Abigail Berneburg parade on Eighth Avenue in festive Christmas sweaters.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Members of the Steel Valley High School color guard including, from right, Madison Divers, Betsy Novotny, Leah Mooney and Abigail Berneburg parade on Eighth Avenue in festive Christmas sweaters.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Homestead Volunteer Fire Department's trucks lead a long procession of emergency vehicles during the Historic Steel Valley Christmas Parade on Saturday.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Homestead Volunteer Fire Department's trucks lead a long procession of emergency vehicles during the Historic Steel Valley Christmas Parade on Saturday.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Shriner Road Rigs adorned with Rudolph antlers, garland and holiday lights ride down Eighth Avenue in the Historic Steel Valley Christmas Parade.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Shriner Road Rigs adorned with Rudolph antlers, garland and holiday lights ride down Eighth Avenue in the Historic Steel Valley Christmas Parade.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Celebrating with extended family from Munhall and West Mifflin, the Edwards and Rudolph families are surprised by a close-up encounter with Steely McBeam.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Celebrating with extended family from Munhall and West Mifflin, the Edwards and Rudolph families are surprised by a close-up encounter with Steely McBeam.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Spectators gather long Eighth Avenue for the Historic Steel Valley Christmas Parade, which passed through West Homestead, Homestead and Munhall on Saturday.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Spectators gather long Eighth Avenue for the Historic Steel Valley Christmas Parade, which passed through West Homestead, Homestead and Munhall on Saturday.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Steel Valley students make their way down Eighth Avenue in a tractor-pulled wagon sponsored by local businesses.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Steel Valley students make their way down Eighth Avenue in a tractor-pulled wagon sponsored by local businesses.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Cub Scouts Pack 4 of Munhall wave to spectators as they ride down Eighth Avenue during the Historic Steel Valley Christmas Parade on Saturday.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Cub Scouts Pack 4 of Munhall wave to spectators as they ride down Eighth Avenue during the Historic Steel Valley Christmas Parade on Saturday.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Cheered on by her 3-year-old brother Connor and 5-year-old sister Lexi, Madison Droschak, 7, of West Mifflin, snuggles with a giant sock monkey during the Historic Steel Valley Christmas Parade on Saturday along Eighth Avenue in West Homestead, Homestead and Munhall.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Cheered on by her 3-year-old brother Connor and 5-year-old sister Lexi, Madison Droschak, 7, of West Mifflin, snuggles with a giant sock monkey during the Historic Steel Valley Christmas Parade on Saturday along Eighth Avenue in West Homestead, Homestead and Munhall.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Wearing festive holiday gear for the Historic Steel Valley Christmas Parade are 5-year-old Nathan Simko and his mom Kimberly Simko of Munhall.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Wearing festive holiday gear for the Historic Steel Valley Christmas Parade are 5-year-old Nathan Simko and his mom Kimberly Simko of Munhall.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Homestead youngsters, from left, Melvyn Johnson, 13; Ashley Korbra, 11; and Chris Korbra, 8, keep warm as they wait for passing paraders to toss candy during Saturday's Historic Steel Valley Christmas Parade.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Homestead youngsters, from left, Melvyn Johnson, 13; Ashley Korbra, 11; and Chris Korbra, 8, keep warm as they wait for passing paraders to toss candy during Saturday's Historic Steel Valley Christmas Parade.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - West Mifflin siblings Brooke, 4, and Blake Kanz, 2, look out on Eighth Avenue in Homestead in anticipation of the Historic Steel Valley Christmas Parade.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>West Mifflin siblings Brooke, 4, and Blake Kanz, 2, look out on Eighth Avenue in Homestead in anticipation of the Historic Steel Valley Christmas Parade.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Volunteer Tracey Salko serves hot dogs and drinks to Kara and Susie Tekavec, who participated in Saturday's parade with the New Horizons majorette group.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Volunteer Tracey Salko serves hot dogs and drinks to Kara and Susie Tekavec, who participated in Saturday's parade with the New Horizons majorette group.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - DJ Terry Halt takes requests from helper elves Sarah Klimchak, 8, left, and Chloe Gallagher, 8, during the pre-parade party at the former Elizabeth Elementary.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>DJ Terry Halt takes requests from helper elves Sarah Klimchak, 8, left, and Chloe Gallagher, 8, during the pre-parade party at the former Elizabeth Elementary.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - The Lewis siblings of Clairton, from left, Kailyn, 9; Akirra, 7; and Kameron, 10, add glitter and other finishing touches to holiday crafts during a pre-parade children's party in Elizabeth.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>The Lewis siblings of Clairton, from left, Kailyn, 9; Akirra, 7; and Kameron, 10, add glitter and other finishing touches to holiday crafts during a pre-parade children's party in Elizabeth.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - LuLu the Clown gives Landen Kurta, 4, of Elizabeth a look at his zombie face paint during a pre-parade children's party on Saturday.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>LuLu the Clown gives Landen Kurta, 4, of Elizabeth a look at his zombie face paint during a pre-parade children's party on Saturday.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Among the guests of honor in Saturday's parade in downtown Elizabeth, Santa and Mrs. Claus make their way down Second Street atop a convertible.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Among the guests of honor in Saturday's parade in downtown Elizabeth, Santa and Mrs. Claus make their way down Second Street atop a convertible.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Kennywood mascot Kenny Kangaroo, who stuck around to light Elizabeth's community tree, snuggles with volunteer Timothy Sickles of Elizabeth Township as Saturday's parade made its way down Second Street.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Kennywood mascot Kenny Kangaroo, who stuck around to light Elizabeth's community tree, snuggles with volunteer Timothy Sickles of Elizabeth Township as Saturday's parade made its way down Second Street.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Elizabeth Forward High School's marching band entertains Saturday's crowd with a selection of holiday songs.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Elizabeth Forward High School's marching band entertains Saturday's crowd with a selection of holiday songs.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Elizabeth youngsters, from left, Riley Salazar, 9; Ashlyn Graham, 5; and Rhianna Salazar, 7, find a cozy spot along Second Street to enjoy hot cocoa and watch Saturday's parade.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Elizabeth youngsters, from left, Riley Salazar, 9; Ashlyn Graham, 5; and Rhianna Salazar, 7, find a  cozy spot along Second Street to enjoy hot cocoa and watch Saturday's parade.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Jim and Julie Rose give their grandchildren Taevin and Kaden a better view for Saturday's parade through downtown Elizabeth.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Jim and Julie Rose give their grandchildren Taevin and Kaden a better view for Saturday's parade through downtown Elizabeth.
By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, 3:06 a.m.
 

Santa Claus paraded through the Mon Valley on Saturday, spending the afternoon with Steel Valley friends and ending the night with a light-up celebration in Elizabeth.

The Historic Steel Valley Christmas Parade brought hundreds of spectators to Eighth Avenue as emergency vehicles, floats and performers made their way through West Homestead, Homestead and Munhall at noon.

Darrah McDermott, who stood along Eighth Avenue holding her 11-month-old son Piers, wanted him and his four older siblings to experience a big event in their community.

“We wanted to see our neighborhood parade,” McDermott said. “We just moved here, so this is our first time. I love the trolley and the marching band. I have fond memories of being in the Christmas parade in my hometown.

Children who lined the Steel Valley thoroughfare in all three boroughs were most excited to catch candy tossed to them by the marchers and floats.

“I love the candy,” 9-year-old Chance Edwards of West Mifflin said. “It makes it fun.”

His cousin Elliott Rudolph, 6, of Homestead, enjoyed being part of a lively crowd.

“I love saying ‘hi' to all the nice people,” Elliott said.

In Elizabeth, families enjoyed a day packed with activities, including two performances of “The Nutcracker” at the Grand Theater and crafts in the former Elizabeth Elementary cafeteria. Bundled in warm layers of winter coats and blankets, they lined Second and Third streets after nightfall for a parade and tree-lighting ceremony featuring Kenny Kangaroo.

“We've always wanted this to be at night,” event co-chair Lynn Terbey said. “It's not fun to see lights during the daytime. What better way to be festive?”

The Miller family of Lincoln said they were excited to try something new. They were in town all evening.

“There's something about tonight that's magical,” Vanessa Miller said.

Noelle Andrison of Glassport brought her 4-year-old daughter Haylee.

“When I was a kid, everything was at night,” Noelle said. “It brings back memories for me, and it's making new memories for her.”

Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1956, or jvertullo@tribweb.com.

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