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Father, son to share car passion during Greensburg parade

| Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, 11:45 p.m.

Ed Christofano's passion will be part of this year's Holiday Parade in Greensburg.

He and his father, Eddie Christofano of Greensburg, will have four antique cars cruising down Main Street on Nov. 23, and they hope to encourage other collectors to join them in the parade.

Several thousand people watch the parade of vehicles, bands and marchers each year.

“We've done this in the past,” said Ed Christofano, owner of Hayden's Pharmacy in Youngwood and Hempfield. “But what we're trying to do this time is to get other collectors in the parade. We think it would make a nice way to give back.”

The father plans on showing his 1929 Ford Model A and his 1952 Buick Roadmaster, while the son will show his 1937 Ford coupe and 1960 Cadillac convertible.

“It's a passion and a hobby,” the son said. “It's a great father-and-son bonding moment, so to speak.”

Frank Lehman, chairman of the parade committee, estimated more than 100 units will return to the parade this year. A total 108 units participated last year.

“I'm thinking we should be between 100 and 110,” Lehman said. “That's pretty much our norm lately.”

“It's still in the early stages,” he said.

City recreation department workers are accepting applications for participation until Nov. 1.

Groups that took part the previous year have been mailed forms, Lehman said. Others can get an application to take part by clicking on “2013 Holiday Parade” on the homepage of the city's website: www.greensburgpa.org.

The Pittsburgh Pirates Parrot and the Pirates Pierogies strutted their stuff for the first time in the 2012 version of the parade, much to the delight of the crowd.

“We did invite the Pirate Parrot and Pierogies to come back this year,” Lehman said. “They were very well-liked last year, so we're trying to get them back.”

So far, Latrobe Fire Department Pipes & Drums, riders for Dream Horse Stables from Mt. Pleasant Township, the Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department marching unit, and firefighters and equipment from Bovard, Forbes Road, Carbon, Penn Borough and West Point have said they will participate, organizers said.

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will conclude the festivities.

Lehman has his fingers crossed that rain stays away on parade day.

“It's even better if it's sunny and semi-warm,” he added. “We'll take that any time.”

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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