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Leetsdale, Edgeworth celebrate Fourth of July

| Friday, July 4, 2014, 4:45 p.m.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Christian Penn, 6, of West Homestead picks up a handful of candy during the annual Fourth of July parade in Leetsdale on Friday, July 4, 2014.
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Caroline Cass, 3, of Turtle Creek waves a flag while sitting on the lap of her grandmother Gerry Chenot, also of Turtle Creek, during a Fourth of July parade in Leetsdale on Friday, July 4, 2014.
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A member of the New Orleans Riverside band performs during the annual Fourth of July parade in Leetsdale on Friday, July 4, 2014.
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Members of the Leetsdale Garden Club toss candy during the annual Fourth of July parade in Leetsdale on Friday, July 4, 2014.
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Alina Radermacher, 6, of Leetsdale holds her ears as fire trucks blow their horns during the annual Fourth of July parade in Leetsdale on Friday, July 4, 2014.
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A man rides atop an Ohio Township fire truck during the annual Fourth of July parade in Leetsdale on Friday, July 4, 2014.
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Bicyclists pedal past a car boasting an American flag on Meadow Lane in Edgeworth during the annual Fourth of July bicycle parade on Friday, July 4, 2014.
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Children line up with their bikes prior to the start of the annual Fourth of July bicycle parade in Edgeworth on Friday, July 4, 2014.

Fire trucks blared through much of Leetsdale's annual Fourth of July parade Friday afternoon as firefighters, politicians and civic groups tossed candy to onlookers — young and old.

The parade was one of many events Leetsdale's Fourth of July committee organized for Independence Day celebrations in the borough. A carnival at Henle Park, which continues through July 5, features rides and games, and a fireworks display was planned for dusk in the borough.

Jon and Sylvia Radermacher, along with their six-year-old daughter Alina, all of Leetsdale, were three of the hundreds of people lined up along Beaver and Broad streets in Leetsdale for the parade.

The couple said they enjoyed Leetsdale's parade, which included about 50 fire trucks from more than a dozen fire companies.

“It's loud,” Jon Radermacher said of the blaring horns. “But it's fun.”

Their daughter was set to take home a large heaping of candy thrown from parade participants.

“It's like a haul (of candy),” Jon Radermacher said.

Sylvia Radermacher said the family has made the Leetsdale parade a tradition since moving to the borough five years ago.

“It's a great parade,” she said.

Earlier in the day, a bike parade made its way through Edgeworth. The event featured children — many with red, white an blue decorated bikes — pedaling through the community.

Along with Edgeworth's bike parade and Leetsdale's events, Moon planned a day-long event featuring country music artists and a fireworks display at night.

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. Reach him at rcherry@tribweb.com or on Twitter at @bc_trib. Kristina Serafini is a photographer and staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at kserafini@tribweb.com or on Twitter at @KristinaS_Trib.

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