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Aspinwall sets Memorial Day lineup; parade expected to be 'bigger and better'

Tawnya Panizzi
| Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 12:42 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Firefighters Memorial Pipe Band marched through Aspinwall during the annual Memorial Day parade in 2016.
Jan Pakler | For the Tribune Review
The Pittsburgh Firefighters Memorial Pipe Band marched through Aspinwall during the annual Memorial Day parade in 2016.
An old photo shows a scene from the 1951 Aspinwall Memorial Day parade.
An old photo shows a scene from the 1951 Aspinwall Memorial Day parade.

Aspinwall will mark Memorial Day with a full slate of observances that begin with a solemn Changing of the Guard on Sunday at the American Legion Post 77.

Parade coordinator Barb Leonard said veterans will stand guard in two-hour shifts throughout the day at the Legion monument, 233 Commercial Ave.

Festivities begin Monday with an 11 a.m. service at the American Legion that will include a Color Guard and 21-gun salute.

The parade begins at noon, with dozens of participants that include the Pittsburgh Firefighters Memorial Pipe Band, Fox Chapel Area band and cheerleaders, North Hills Antique Cars Society and local Scout troops.

The parade begins at the municipal building, 217 Commercial Ave. It tentatively will make a wide loop through town, going from Commercial Avenue to Eastern Avenue, then onto Second Street. It would proceed to Virginia Avenue, take Fourth Street to Western Avenue and turn onto Second Street, then take Center Avenue to Commercial.

Themed “Star Wars,” this year's celebration will feature costumed characters that include Darth Vader and storm troopers.

Leonard said the popular Pikachu character from Pokemon is expected to appear.

Leonard took over leadership of the parade three years ago in hopes of elevating the community staple to the grand event it was during her childhood.

She recalls thousands of people watching and waving along the roadsides. Children decorated their bikes with red, white and blue streamers and collected candy thrown from volunteers on fire engines.

Leonard and members of the parade committee began preparations in winter and are seeking donations from residents and businesses.

“It's getting bigger and better every year,” Leonard said.

To donate, call the borough building at 412-781-0213.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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