Greenfield’s 21st annual community holiday parade is tonight, and if all goes well, snow, sleet and ice won’t be a factor. After all, Greenfield folks are pretty intrepid from living on ski runs that pass for streets.
The line-up is at 6p and begins moving down Greenfield Avenue at 7p. Murray and Hazelwood Avenue will be closed for the staging and Greenfield Avenue, from Loretta to Lydia, will close when the parade begins. The parade follows Murray Avenue to Hazelwood Avenue to Greenfield Avenue.
Mayor-elect Bill Peduto, county executive Rich Fitzgerald and city Councilman Corey O’Connor will be walking the route. The councilman’s late father, former Mayor Bob O’Connor, helped organize and initiate the first parade. It is being presented by the Greenfield Community Association’s events committee.
Four local schools will send marching bands into the fray, with floats, community groups and local legislators. Michael Bartley of WQED will be the emcee at the terminus at St. Rosalia Church.
The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank will be collecting donations for the holidays.
Zambelli fireworks, paid for and/or sanctioned by Councilman O’Connor, state Rep. Dan Frankel and state Sen. Jay Costa, will be bursting in air from Magee Park.
Marino Chiropractic and Szmidt’s Old World Deli will provide refreshments. A party and open house after the parade will be held at Greenfield Presbyterian Church at Coleman and Alger.
Photo by Mitch Margaria
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