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Pirate Parrot to help ring in holidays in Greensburg

| Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

The Pittsburgh Pirates Parrot will strut his stuff outside PNC Park in November.

The Major League Baseball team's mascot will be the grand marshal in the 2012 Greensburg Holiday Parade at noon Nov. 17, said Frank Lehman, parade committee chairman and city director of parks and recreation. The Pirates Pierogies will join the Parrot.

Thousands line Main Street to watch the parade, which this year will recognize the 14th Quartermaster Detachment as “Community Leader.”

A committee member suggested the Parrot as grand marshal, Lehman said.

“Fortunately for us, he's going to be available,” he said. “I anticipate him shaking hands with the crowd, giving high-fives to the kids.”

Fourteen members of the 14th Quartermaster Detachment unit, based in Hempfield, died during Operation Desert Storm when an Iraqi Scud missile ripped through their makeshift barracks in 1991.

“It's a complete honor,” said Dorothy Carbisiero, unit administrator and family readiness leader. “This community is so in support of us. It's continuous, ongoing support.”

The Army Reserve unit will have both vehicles and soldiers in the parade.

Lehman said he expects a similar number of participants as last year, when 105 units marched or rode down Main Street. The parade begins at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art and concludes at Greensburg City Hall.

Greensburg recreation department workers are still accepting applications for participation, Lehman said. Organizers set a Nov. 1 deadline.

“If we get a few that come in the mail during that first week of November, I'll put them in the lineup,” Lehman said.

Greensburg Salem and Hempfield Area high school bands, the Seton Hill University Pep Band and the Latrobe Fire Department Pipes and Drums will perform.

And in keeping with tradition, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will conclude the festivities.

Over the last few years, Mother Nature has brought all types of weather on parade day, ranging from bitter cold to spring-like temperatures.

“We will settle for middle-of-the pack temperatures,” Lehman said. “That would be great.”

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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