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Firetrucks, bands, bikes lead Leetsdale, Edgeworth July Fourth parades

| Thursday, July 4, 2013, 5:54 p.m.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Members of the Quaker Valley Marching Band march along Beaver Street in Leetsdale during the borough's annual Fourth of July parade Thursday, July 4, 2013.
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Members of the University of Pittsburgh Drumline perform along Beaver Street in Leetsdale during the annual Fourth of July parade Thursday, July 4, 2013.
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Hunter Short, 4, at left, and Logan Korol, 3, both of Beaver Falls react to a series of loud firetruck sirens along Beaver Street in Leetsdale during the annual Fourth of July parade Thursday, July 4, 2013.
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A performer dances along Beaver Street in Leetsdale during the annual Fourth of July parade Thursday, July 4, 2013.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Members of the Syria Shrine Camel Wheels rides along Beaver Street in Leetsdale during the borough's annual Fourth of July parade Thursday, July 4, 2013.
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A member of the Syria Shrine Camel Wheels rides along Beaver Street in Leetsdale during the borough's annual Fourth of July parade Thursday, July 4, 2013.
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An Economy Borough firetruck makes its way along Beaver Street during the annual Fourth of July parade in Leetsdale Thursday, July 4, 2013.
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Friends Chloe Mitchell and Maddox Sepella, both 7 and of Ambridge, dance to the Northgate High School Flames Band along Beaver Street in Leetsdale during the annual Fourth of July parade Thursday, July 4, 2013.
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A Pittsburgh Pirates flag decorates the back of a car carrying parade marshal 'Rock' Mercer during the annual Fourth of July parade in Leetsdale Thursday, July 4, 2013.
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Berlynn Sopko, 5, and her father Brent Sopko, both of Leetsdale, yell for candy along Beaver Street during Leetsdale's annual Fourth of July parade Thursday, July 4, 2013.
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Members of the Macdonald Pipe Band of Pittsburgh walk along Beaver Street in Leetsdale during the borough's annual Fourth of July parade Thursday, July 4, 2013.
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Seen through a 1950 Packard Super 8, Rick Greenhouse waits in the Quaker Village Shopping Center parking lot for the annual Fourth of July parade in Leetsdale to begin Thursday, July 4, 2013. Greenhouse's wife, Bonnie, drove the car in the parade.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Adison Zahner, 4, of Leetsdale watches the annual parade in her own police car along Beaver Street Thursday, July 4, 2013.
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Mulligan, a 4-year-old Golden Retriever, barks as his owner Jamie Debord, 8, of Mason, Ohio, waits for the start of the annual Fourth of July Bike Parade in Edgeworth. Each year, children are invited to ride their decorated bikes through the borough during the parade.
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Children line up prior to the start of the annual Fourth of July Bike Parade in Edgeworth Thursday, July 4, 2013. Each year, children are invited to ride their decorated bikes through the borough during the parade.
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Ian Lorang, 5, of Sewickley rides his Big Wheel past larger bicycles during the annual Fourth of July Bike Parade in Edgeworth Thursday, July 4, 2013. Each year, area children are invited to ride their decorated bikes through the borough during the parade.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
A doll rests on the back of a bike after the annual Fourth of July Bike Parade in Edgeworth Thursday, July 4, 2013.
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A young bicyclist rides through a puddle at the corner of Chestnut Road and Maple Lane in Edgeworth during the annual Fourth of July Bike Parade Thursday, July 4, 2013. Each year, children are invited to ride their decorated bikes through the borough during the parade.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
A girl pushes her bike past a row of parked firetrucks along Meadow Lane in Edgeworth as she hurries to get to the annual Fourth of July Bike Parade Thursday July 4, 2013. Each year, area children are invited to ride their decorated bikes through the borough during the parade.
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Delaney Smith, 6, of Mt. Lebanon waits for the annual Fourth of July Bike Parade to start in Edgeworth Thursday, July 4, 2013. Children are invited to ride their decorated bikes through the borough during the parade. Delaney is the daughter of Sen. Matt Smith, Mt. Lebanon.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Owen Sidani, 1, of Edgeworth waves an American flag as he sits in his stroller prior to the annual Fourth of July Bike Parade in Edgeworth Thursday, July 4, 2013. Children are invited to ride their decorated bikes through the borough during the parade.

From pedal bikes to firetrucks and bands, the Sewickley Valley celebrated July Fourth with parades, music and fireworks.

Dozens of firetrucks, including some from as far as Cranberry Township, Butler County, capped off a nearly 50-minute parade through Leetsdale Thursday afternoon, which also featured the Quaker Valley and Northgate marching bands.

Police units from around the region, local organizations and state and local elected officials marched in the community's traditional Fourth of July parade.

Earlier in the day, Edgeworth residents traveled through the borough with a bike parade.

Festivities continued throughout the afternoon and evening at Leetsdale's Henle Park with music and other entertainment.

A fireworks show is expected to light the sky at dusk.

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com. Kristina Serafini is a photographer and reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1405 or kserafini@tribweb.com.

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