Festivities to follow annual Tarentum, Brackenridge Christmas parade
The usual collection of bands, fire trucks and floats will take to the streets of Tarentum and Brackenridge this Saturday for the boroughs’ 13th annual Christmas parade.
The fun won’t end when the parade wraps up. For the first time in several years, an after-parade event featuring a variety of activities will be held in Tarentum’s Riverview Memorial Park.
“We used to have an after-parade event all the time. We decided to do it again this year,” said Tarentum Councilwoman Carrie Fox.
Parade participants will start lining up in the area of the Tarentum Bridge around noon. The parade will start at 1 p.m. and go along Fifth Avenue, Corbet Street, First Avenue and Morgan Street.
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. The Tarentum and Brackenridge recreation boards are cosponsoring the parade and after-parade event.
“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.”
The weather forecast calls for a high temperature of in the low 40s, with partly cloudy skies in the morning and possible showers later in the day. A few flurries or snow showers are also possible.
Last year’s parade with hit with rain. Ice made another recent parade hazardous.
“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.”
Festivities in Tarentum’s Riverview Memorial Park will begin immediately following the parade and run until about 4 p.m.
The 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 the food, Fox said.
“We hope people enjoy it,” Fox said. “We want everybody to come out and have a good time.”
Brian Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer.