Irwin to light up next Thursday |

Irwin to light up next Thursday

Grinches beware — if you want to avoid the heart-warming sights and sounds of the Christmas season, you might want to steer clear of Irwin next Thursday.

The borough will host the 34th annual Light Up Night and parade, which is expected to draw a huge crowd of people trying to get into the holiday spirit.

“We expect to get close to 10,000 people, so it’s sort of like contained chaos,” Irwin Councilwoman Gail Macioce said.

“There’s entertainment, a parade, the lighting of the Christmas tree and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus. It’s really great fun for the entire family.”

After his appearance in the parade, Santa will be in the lobby of the S&T Bank to visit with children until 9 p.m.

A box where children can give Santa their Christmas wishes will be set up at near the arch at Fourth and Main streets in downtown Irwin on Light Up Night and remain there through the holidays.

Friday is the deadline for organizations and businesses that want to participate in the parade to register by calling 724-864-4401.

To avoid congestion, shuttles from the Norwin Hills Shopping Center to Sixth Street in Irwin will run from 5 to 9 p.m.

Tony LaRussa is a Trib Total Media staff writer.

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