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Parade Lineup Announced for City's Salute to Santa

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
November 17, 2017
Posted in: Announcements

(Tube City Almanac file photo by John Barna)

More than 60 parade units are scheduled to participate on Saturday morning when McKeesport's 53rd annual Salute to Santa gets underway on Fifth Avenue, Downtown.

Events begin at 11 a.m. at the McKees Point Marina and the parade proceeds up Fifth Avenue to McKeesport City Hall, 500 Fifth Ave. at Ringgold Street. The reviewing stand will be located near the intersection of Fifth and Walnut.

Last year's princess and queen, Caleah Wright and Dalana Gebis, will escort this year's princess candidates,  Mackenzie MacDonald of White Oak Athletic Association and Cassie Ward of Mary of Nazareth Catholic School, and queen candidates, Cassie Ward, Grace Shelly, Madeline Hawkins and Cheyenne Burns, all of McKeesport Area High School.

  • The parade will be broadcast over the Internet on Tube City Almanac's Internet radio station, WMCK.FM, beginning at 11 a.m.
  • Weather permitting, a live video stream also will be provided on the Tube City Online Facebook page.

The lineup also will include fire units from Clairton, Dravosburg, East McKeesport, Liberty, North Versailles Twp. and Port Vue, as well as McKeesport, as well as the McKeesport Area High School and Serra Catholic High School bands.

Following the parade, Santa Claus will meet and greet children during a luncheon at the Palisades, corner of Fifth Avenue and Water Street.



1.       Shriner Clowns

2.       Shriner Road Rigs

3.       Police Motorcycles (McKeesport, North Versailles, Allegheny County)

4.       McKeesport Area High School Air Force JROTC (with flag)

5.       Knights of Columbus (with flag)

6.       Allegheny County Mounted (2 Horses with officers)

7.       Public Officials (City, County, State)

8.       Police K-9 Dogs

9.       Grand Marshal Gabriel Perlow, escorted by Riverview Chevrolet

10.   Police Chief

11.   DARE Car

12.   Fire Chief

13.   EMS Chief

14.   Princess/Queen Float (pulled by public works):

a.       2016 Princess Caleah Wright (MAHS Cheer)

b.      2016 Queen Dalana Gebis (MAHS Cheer)

c.       Princess Candidate Mackenzie MacDonald (WOAA Cheer)

d.      Princess Candidate Cassie Ward (Mary of Nazareth School)

e.      Queen Candidate Grace Shelly (MAHS Band)

f.        Queen Candidate Madeline Hawkins (MAHS Interact)

g.       Queen Candidate Cheyenne Burns (MAHS Cheer)

15.   Masons

16.   Cub Scout Pack 916

17.   Duquesne/West Mifflin Boys & Girls Club Drill Team

18.   Heritage Center

19.   Kennywood Trolley

20.   Kenny Kangaroo & Parker the Arrow

21.   Puzzlers Van

22.   Penn State Greater Allegheny Chancellor

23.   Penn State Greater Allegheny Nittany Lion

24.   Penn State Greater Allegheny Mens & Womens Basketball

25.   White Oak Athletic Association Cheerleaders

26.   White Oak Athletic Association Soccer


27.   Model A Club (like seven cars)

28.   McKeesport Recreation Board Float featuring Chalice

29.   Girl Scout Troop 58112 – White Oak

30.   McClure

31.   Twin Rivers

32.   Tube City Community Media

33.   McKeesport Little Tigers Cheerleaders

34.   McKeesport Little Tigers Football

35.   McKeesport Area Robotics

36.   Legion Arms Humvee

37.   Carnegie Library of McKeesport float

38.   Boy Scouts Troop 503 – McKeesport

39.   Girl Scouts Troop 16447 - McKeesport

40.   Mary Ann & Company Dance

41.   Interact Club/Rotary Club Float

42.   Girl Scout Troop 52214

43.   Mon Valley Independent

44.   PNC Bank

45.   CSL Plasma

46.   Mary of Nazareth Float

47.   Nuttall Public Safety

48.   Broadway Pizza

49.   Black Berets

50.   YouthCAST Leadership Network

51.   McKeesport Trail Commission

52.   McKeesport Lions Club

53.   Big’s Sanitation

54.   McKeesport Area High School Band/Serra Catholic High School Band

55.   McKeesport Area Cheerleaders

56.   McKeesport Fire Department Mini-Fire Truck and Sparky the Fire Dog

57.   McKeesport Fire Department Boat


58.   Police Cars:

a. McKeesport

b. Clairton

c. Liberty (will be a truck … with Council Members/Families)

d. North Versailles

e. Port Vue

f. Versailles

59.   Ambulances

a.       MARS

60.   Fire Trucks

a.       Clairton

b.      Dravosburg

c.       Fire Department of North Versailles

d.      Liberty

e.      Port Vue

f.        United Fire and Rescue (EMcK)

61.   McKeesport Ladder Truck – Santa Claus

Originally published November 17, 2017.

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