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City’s 55th Santa Parade Has
Large Crowd, Pleasant Weather

By Vickie Babyak
The Tube City Almanac
November 25, 2019
Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

McKeesport Area High School cheerleaders were among more than 70 different units in the city’s 55th annual Salute to Santa parade. (Vickie Babyak photos, special to Tube City Almanac)

Pleasant weather --- a welcome change --- drew a large crowd Saturday morning to Fifth Avenue for McKeesport’s 55th Annual Salute to Santa parade.

The parade got underway just after 11 a.m., following a performance of "Joy to the World" by McKeesport Area High School senior Joey Young. State Sen. Jim Brewster served as parade marshal.

Video was streamed live by Tube City Online and its radio station, WMCK, from the corner of Fifth and Walnut streets.

Photographer Vickie Babyak captured these scenes for Tube City Almanac.

(All photos: Vickie Babyak. For reprint information, email vbabyak@yahoo.com.)

Serra Catholic High School Eagle Marching Band and McKeesport Area High School Tiger Marching Band prepare for the parade under the Jerome Street Bridge.

Harold Allen, Youth CAST Community and School Liaison, assists with communication before the parade at the corner of Water Street and Fifth Avenue.

Jamie Lusebrink, assistant principal at Twin Rivers Primary-Intermediate School, chaperones third, fourth and fifth-grade students in the Academy in Math and Science program.

Jody James Goughnour of McKeesport poses with the McKeesport Lions Club Mascot on Fifth Avenue.

Paws Across Pittsburgh parade participants, including one little dog with a fancy set of wheels for mobility.

McKeesport police officer directs traffic at the intersection of Walnut Street and Fifth Avenue.

State Sen. James Brewster, parade marshal, shakes hands with a constituent.

McKeesport Area School District Air Force Junior ROTC cadets, from left, Cadet Capt. Noah Kohl, Cadet 1st Lt. Derek Pero, Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Donovan Kelley and Cadet Master Sgt. Jevan Kunes.

McKeesport Area High School Color Guard

The Carnegie Library of McKeesport's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" float

Kids Kitchen float from Christy Park United Methodist Church

Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania South Allegheny/McKeesport Service Unit #5807

McKeesport Little Theater and MLT Juniors

The McKeesport Black Berets drill team and drummers

Santa Claus arrives on the McKeesport Fire Department’s ladder truck.

Video from Tube City Online and WMCK:

Originally published November 25, 2019.

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