No sleigh, no problem for Santa in Oakmont
No snow meant no sleigh for Santa as he made his way through Oakmont and Verona via fire truck.
His visit was one of many highlights at Oakmont’s Hometown Christmas celebration presented by the Oakmont Chamber of Commerce.
At least 1,000 people lined up along Allegheny River Boulevard in Oakmont and Verona to catch a glimpse of St. Nick and other participants in the annual parade and festivities in the two boroughs on Nov. 17.
“We had a fantastic turnout,” Chamber Director Karen DeTurck said. “They really look forward to this. They come from all over.”
Riverview Marching Band, Verona and Oakmont police and firefighters, Cheswick Christian Academy, Penn Hills and Plum firefighters, Lower Valley Ambulance Service and several local businesses also participated in the parade.
“It’s the people who make it a success,” event Chairperson Stefanie Woolford said. “Everyone seems to be having a ball.”
The award for best float went to Oakmont-based Hair by Jeanne for its portrayal of an elf doing Mrs. Claus’ hair.
Other activities included a Chinese auction, raffles, food trucks, caroling and other performances. David Johnson from WPXI-11 was the parade’s grand marshal.
Borough businesses were open during the celebration.
Jeff Lyden of newly-opened Castle Toys and Games gave kazoo lessons to excited students including Carter Baldwin, 10, and siblings Miles and Amelia, both 7, of Oakmont.
Their mother, Gina Baldwin, said the family tries to come to the Christmas celebration every year.
“It’s so family-oriented,” Baldwin said. “The kids love it.”
Songburst, a barbershop quartet from North Hills, were the last act on the main stage. It was their first time in Oakmont.
They closed out the show with a rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
“This is great,” quartet member Gary Corpora said. “They enjoyed the songs. Crowds were very lively.”
Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, email@example.com or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.