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By David Paulk
Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Monroeville area residents should expect a few roundhouse kicks on the Fourth of July.

C.S. Kim Karate students will give a demonstration at the end of the Monroeville Fourth of July parade, which begins at 9 a.m. July 4.

Kathy Karelitz, chairperson of the parade board, said the group has been part of the event for a few years.

An estimated 12,000 people show up for parade and fireworks, which are set off behind the Monroeville Mall.

This year's parade is dedicated to Walt Forrest, a former parade board member who died in August.

This is the second year the parade was dedicated to a board member.

Last year's parade was dedicated to Karelitz's husband, the late Evan Karelitz.

He had been on the board for nine years, while Karelitz has 18 years under her belt.

The parade starts at the Miracle Mile Shopping Center and continues on Route 22 until it reaches the lower entry level of Macy's.

There will be firetrucks, marching bands, clowns, politicians, motorcycles and marching horses.

Fireworks are scheduled to start 9:30 p.m.

Karelitz said the best location to watch the fireworks is the back of the Monroeville Mall Annex, where a movie theater is being constructed.

She said she doesn't think hunting for a spot will be difficult.

“It's been held there for so long that people have their spots,” she said.

David Paulk is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5804 or

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