Festivities to follow annual Tarentum, Brackenridge Christmas parade
The usual bands, fire trucks and floats will take to the streets of Tarentum and Brackenridge this Saturday for the boroughs’ 13th annual Christmas parade.
What will be notable this year will be what happens after the parade.
It’s been several years since an after-parade event has been held. It’s coming back this year, with a variety of activities planned for Tarentum’s Riverview Memorial Park.
It’s scheduled to start after the conclusion of the parade, and run until about 4 p.m., Tarentum Councilwoman Carrie Fox said. The parade and after-event are sponsored by the Tarentum and Brackenridge recreation boards.
“We used to have an after-parade event all the time,” Fox said. “We decided to do it again this year.”
Festivities will include a toy raffle, for which every child will get a ticket, Fox said. The Highlands Middle School choir is scheduled to perform, and there will be petting zoo and face painting. Between six and seven food trucks are expected.
Everything will be free, except for buying food, Fox said.
“We hope people enjoy it,” Fox said. “We want everybody to come out and have a good time.”
Parade participants will start lining up in the area of the Tarentum bridge around noon. The parade will start at 1 p.m.
The route will follow Fifth Avenue to Corbet Street; to First Avenue; to Morgan Street in Brackenridge.
Parade floats and decorated fire trucks will be judged, with prizes for the best.
Tarentum’s late mayor, Carl Magnetta, and his wife, Barbara, helped bring back Tarentum’s annual parade. They reached out to Brackenridge Mayor Tom Kish and his wife, Cynthia, to make it a joint event between the communities.
“We’ve always come together and it’s always been a joint effort to put on this parade for the community,” Fox said. “We’ve always had a fantastic parade. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday. We hope everyone comes out and joins us.”
How many will show up to participate in the parade will depend on the weather, Fox said. Last year’s parade was hit with rain; one recent year, ice made it hazardous.
As of Monday, the forecast for Saturday is for it be partly cloudy in the morning, with showers later in the day. A few flurries or snow showers are possible. Showers are expected in the evening.
“If we get great weather, it ends up being a fantastic parade,” Fox said. “We’re due for a good one. I’m just praying we get a good one. We’re due.”
Brian Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer.