Olympian Cash Will Serve as Grand Marshal for City's 54th Santa Parade

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

(Tube City Almanac file photo)

Olympic gold medalist Swin Cash will serve as grand marshal Saturday for McKeesport's 54th annual Salute to Santa Parade.

The event gets underway at 11 a.m. Saturday with a lineup of nearly 60 parade units, including Shriners' clowns, local police and firefighters, marching band members from McKeesport Area, Serra Catholic and West Mifflin Area high schools, cheerleaders from the Duquesne-West Mifflin Boys & Girls Club, and several local drill teams.

Weather permitting, the event along Fifth Avenue, Downtown, will be streamed by Tube City Community Media Inc. live on the Tube City Online Facebook page.

Cash, a retired professional basketball player who was named a WNBA All-Star four times, is a McKeesport Area High School and University of Connecticut graduate who won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics with the U.S. women's basketball team. She currently serves as director of franchise development for the WNBA's New York Liberty.

Following the parade, children are invited to the Palisades Ballroom, Fifth and Water streets, for a free lunch and to get their photos taken with Santa.

Marching units will assemble at 10 a.m. at the McKees Point Marina along Water Street and step out along Fifth Avenue beginning at 11 a.m., heading toward McKeesport City Hall at Sinclair Street. Traffic on Fifth, Market, Walnut and Sinclair streets will be detoured during the parade.

Near the front of the parade will be the 2017 Parade Princess MacKenzie MacDonald, representing the White Oak Athletic Association Cheer Squad, and 2017 Queen Grace Shelly, representing the McKeesport Area High School band, along with 2018's princess and queen candidates, Teegan Lewis of Mary of Nazareth Catholic School and Eycyius Csorba of the McKeesport Area High School band.

The parade lineup follows:

1. Shriner Clowns
2. Shriner Road Rigs
3. Police Motorcycles (McKeesport, North Versailles, Allegheny County)
4. McKeesport Area High School Air Force JROTC (Honor Guard and Cadets)
5. Allegheny County Mounted Police Unit (Two Horses with Officers)
6. Public Officials (City, County, State, Neighboring Communities)
7. LaRosa Boys & Girls Club
8. Police K-9 Dogs
9. Grand Marshal Swin Cash, escorted by Riverview Chevrolet
10. Police Chief

11. DARE Car
12. Fire Chief
13. EMS Chief
14. Princess/Queen Candidates (escorted by Riverview Chevrolet):
a. 2017 Princess MacKenzie MacDonald (WOAA Cheer)
b. 2017 Queen Grace Shelly (MAHS Band)
c. Princess Candidate Teegan Lewis (Mary of Nazareth School)
d. Queen Candidate Eycyius Csorba (MAHS Band)
15. UPMC McKeesport President Mark O’Hern
16. Duquesne/West Mifflin Boys & Girls Club Drill Team
17. Paws Across Pittsburgh
18. Kennywood Trolley
19. Puzzlers Restaurant & Lounge

20. Twin Rivers Elementary AIMS Program
21. YouthCAST Leadership Network
22. McKeesport Area High School Band/Serra Catholic High School Band (Combined)
23. McKeesport Area Cheerleaders
24. McKeesport Fire Department Mini-Fire Truck and Sparky the Fire Dog
25. McKeesport Fire Department Boat
26. Model A Club and Classic Cars
27. Carnegie Library of McKeesport – Mary Poppins Float
28. McKeesport Little Tigers Cheerleaders & Football
29. Penn State Greater Allegheny
a. Penn State Greater Allegheny Chancellor
b. Penn State Greater Allegheny Nittany Lion
c. Penn State Greater Allegheny Mens & Womens Athletics
d. Penn State Greater Allegheny Pep Band

30. Celebrity Kids Kitchen
31. Local Lodges of the Freemasons
a. Polaris Lodge 375
b. Omni Lodge 582
c. Harry S. Truman Lodge 765
32. Cub Scout Pack 916 of McKeesport
33. Girl Scout Troop 58112 of White Oak
34. Mary Ann & Company Dance Studio
35. Eat’n Park
36. PurePenn
37. Mary of Nazareth Catholic School (Float)
38. Nuttall Public Safety
39. Center for Victims

40. Pennsylvania American Water
41. McKeesport Recreation Board float featuring McKeesport Little Theater Juniors
42. Tube City Community Media
43. Dravosburg Community Archives
44. McKeesport Trail Commission
45. McKeesport Lions Club
46. White Oak Rotary Club
47. McKeesport Area High School Golf Team
48. McKeesport Area High School Basketball Team
49. Black Berets

50. Meter Feeder
51. Legion Arms Humvee
52. Big’s Sanitation
53. West Mifflin Area High School Titan Marching Band
54. Police Cars:
a. McKeesport
b. Clairton
c. North Versailles
d. Port Vue
e. Versailles
55. Salvation Army
56. Ambulances
a. McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service
b. UPMC Emergency Medicine
57. Fire Trucks
a. Clairton Volunteer Fire Department
b. Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Department No. 1
c. Fire Department of North Versailles
d. Liberty Borough Volunteer Fire Department
e. United Fire and Rescue (East McKeesport and Wall)
f. Glassport Citizens Hose Co. No. 1
g. West Mifflin: Duquesne Annex
h. Monroeville Fire Department – Company No. 5
58. McKeesport Ladder Truck – Santa Claus

Originally published November 15, 2018.

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