Plum Community Parade draws neighborhoods together for 2nd year
Saturday's second annual Plum Community Parade included more than 30 organizations and businesses that took part in the 1-mile march from the old Renton Volunteer Fire Department hall to the new Renton fire hall and Plum EMS station at the Al Franci Emergency Services Building.
“The parade was fun,” said Sophia Martin, 4, of Regency Park.
Her mother, Brooke Martin, a 2002 Plum graduate and former marching band member, liked the students' performances: “I think they did very well. Makes me miss it.”
Renton resident Rob Mascara and his son, Hunter, 3, enjoyed playing games at the carnival held after the parade. The Mayor's Choice award went to Plum Rotary for its float.
“I thought it just embodied community spirit, and I thought it had a wonderful group of kids on it,” said Mayor Rich Hrivnak.
Jim Yamnitzky, Plum Rotary secretary, said Monroeville Rotary created the float and donated it to Rotary District 7300.
“We're very proud of (the Mayor's Choice award). We did hear a lot of good comments coming down,” he said.
Logans Ferry VFD received Best Engine honors. Holiday Park VFD's truck won Best Ladder.
Hrivnak's wife, Charlene, a parade committee member, said the theme was “Honoring Those Who Serve.” White plums were painted on the roadway, and banners hung on light poles along the route in honor of local veterans. Members of Plum American Legion Post 980, firefighters, police and EMS personnel also were recognized at the event.
Plum officials unveiled Renton's community patch, part of the borough's rebranding effort.
Parade organizers tapped Vince Lagrotteria, owner of the YouTube channel Plum Video Network, to produce a video of the event.
“They wanted to take it to the next level,” he said. “We're editing it down. It will probably be about a week or so before it's on.”
He said the parade video will be posted online and eventually could be on cable TV's Comcast Channel 19 and Verizon Channel 26; a link will be posted on the borough's website, plumboro.com, within a few weeks.
Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer.