PITTSBURGH, PA (Aug. 3, 2015) Spring Hill’s National Night Out event has been canceled but the Healthy Together Marching Band will continue its planned march through the neighborhood on Tuesday, August 4 as part of the March Pittsburgh campaign. Pittsburgh’s legendary brass bands, Slide Worldwide and River City Brass, will lead youth and parents in a second line through this Northside neighborhood starting at 4:15 p.m. The march will begin at Damas Street and Rockledge Street, run 30 minutes, and end at Asylum Street. March Pittsburgh seeks to drum up awareness to get youth enrolled in healthcare.
“Anyone can join the band. We ask all city residents to play with us,” says River City Brass Artistic Director James Gourlay. “We are ‘second line parading,’ an effort popularized by the brass bands in New Orleans. City residents can join behind the the band as it passes. So dust off those old horns and come join the parade!”
Residents outside of Spring Hill are encouraged to participate as well. Free transportation is available for parents and children. A bus leaves Obama Academy in Highland Park at 3:30 p.m. at 515 N. Highland Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15206.
“Everyone is welcome -- everyone. Whether you are a beginner or professional, we encourage you to bring any instrument to play along. Even if you don’t have an instrument, we have kazoos for you to hum along or bring a paint bucket and drum along. We want all kids, parents, grandparents, and neighbors to join us,” says Hill Jordan of Hill Jordan & Slide Worldwide.
March Pittsburgh’s first few events took place in the neighborhoods of Northview Heights, Homewood, and Beechview with community members joining the second line and learning about their healthcare options -- seven more March Pittsburgh events remain.
Brass band ensembles, campaign mascot Enroll-O-Bot, and enrollment specialists will be at:
• Tues, Aug 4 at 4:15 p.m. in Spring Hill (Rockledge Street and Asylum Street)
• Sat, Aug 8 at 11 a.m. in Brookline at Breezefest, Brookline Blvd (from Flatbush to Glenarm)
• Sun, Aug 9 at 11 a.m. in Oakland at the Black Family Reunion at the Schenley Park Oval
• Sat, Aug 15 at Noon in Chartiers at Community Back to School Festival (Chartiers Playground)
• Sat, Aug 22 at 11 a.m. at Stanton Heights Community Festival (Sunnyside Elementary School)
• Fri, Sept 11 and Sat, Sept 12 at Noon, Hill District Wellness Weekend (Kennard Playground)
March Pittsburgh is a campaign to promote Healthy Together, a Live Well Pittsburgh program, committed to getting all PIttsburgh youth 19 and under enrolled in affordable, quality healthcare. Healthy Together is made up of a collection of nonprofit organizations including Allies for Children, Consumer Health Coalition, Enroll America, and the Office of Mayor William Peduto, advocating for healthcare enrollment options for children. March Pittsburgh is made possible through the generous support of UPMC Health Plan.
To set up a healthcare enrollment appointment visit www.getenrolledpgh.com or dial 2-1-1 today. Latest photos and video of March Pittsburgh are on the Healthy Together Facebook page at www.facebook.com/healthytogetherpgh.
Monday, August 3, 2015
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