Slide painted for Mac Miller vigil, city set for Blue Slide Park event
Even with rain looming, the signature in-ground slide at Blue Slide Park was painted ahead of Tuesday's vigil for late Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller.
Pittsburgh Public Works tweeted confirmation of the work Tuesday morning.
The vigil, hosted by Nightfall Records, is set to take place at the Squirrel Hill playground in Frick Park from 5 to 10 p.m.
Nightfall Records posted on the official Facebook event page for the memorial asking that people bring as many vigil and ceremonial candles as possible, because they "have no real way of getting an absolute headcount and are expecting a massive crowd."
"This is going to be extraordinarily relaxed, this entire day is about Malcolm and showing the love our city has for him," the post continued.
Blue Slide Park got a fresh coat of paint and flowers and tributes are left in advance of the vigil planned for Mac Miller tonight pic.twitter.com/uYWCLnGoYm— Mike Darnay (@MikeDarnay) September 11, 2018
The event had about 3,000 people say they were attending on Facebook as of Tuesday afternoon.
Nightfall Records CEO Brandon McCaslin said that they didn't have a schedule of events for the vigil, but it would focus on Miller, born as Malcolm J. McCormick, and shed light on addiction and mental health.
Zac Rutter, a local Pittsburgh artist, works on a painting of Mac Miller this afternoon in Blue Slide Park pic.twitter.com/4Wt2BBsJIu— Mike Darnay (@MikeDarnay) September 11, 2018
"Malcom's music will be playing chronologically from start to his last album. We will be having different people who touched his life telling stories of how he affected them," McCaslin said. "We are working with nonprofits to raise awareness about addiction and mental health. We'll then do a candle ceremony And close by thanking everybody for coming, the city for how incredibly helpful they've been."
Zach Brendza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Zach at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @imxzb.