PITTSBURGH, PA (July 7, 2016) - Organizers of the Pittsburgh Bicentennial Celebration are welcoming all residents of the greater Pittsburgh region to come Downtown for Bicentennial events throughout the day on Saturday, July 9.
The day begins with an 11 a.m. parade on Liberty Avenue, starting at 11th Street and ending at Point State Park, continues with a showcase in Market Square, and ends with a concert and fireworks that evening in the park.
The Bicentennial Parade is organized as a "human timeline," featuring the first indigenous residents of the region, and proceeding through the City's history of immigration from Europe and newly arriving immigrants, from Latin America, Africa and Asia. The Bicentennial year forms a bridge from Pittsburgh’s first 200 years to the future.
Native Americans from the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center will lead the parade. They will be followed by French and Indian War and Revolutionary War re-enactors with muskets and fifes and drums.
Four hundred descendants of Pittsburgh Mayors from 1816 to present will be in the parade. Some are coming from European countries and many will be traveling from across the United States, from Vermont to California. They are paying for their own travel and lodging expenses.
Notable Pittsburghers like Franco Harris, Larry Richert, Bruno Sammartino, Manny Sanguillen and Kent Tekulve will appear in the parade in addition to more than 100 Pittsburgh organizations, including: the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Rotary.
Thanks to assistance from the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Stanley Cup will also have a spot in the parade lineup.
Marking Pittsburgh’s contributions during the Civil War will be the 6th Regiment USCT Drum Corps and Mr. Wali Jamal portraying African American notable Martin Delany.
Cultural heritage groups, reflecting the rich Pittsburgh environment fostered by immigrants, will dot the human timeline by the dates of their immigration. Participating organizations represent Pittsburgh’s German, Scottish, Chinese, Bhutanese, French, Brazilian, Colombian, African, Polish, Czech, Haitian, Japanese, Persian, Filipino, Carpatho Rusyn, Lithuanian, Pakistani, Welsh, Vietnamese, Italian, Lebanese and Scandinavian communities.
Fans of old riding machines will enjoy the 1903 Curved Dash Oldsmobile, the 1930s cars of the Three River Region Model A Restorers Club, a 1945 Mack truck and the United Rays Corvette Club’s cars dating from the 1960s to the present.
For those who prefer vehicles that float the Coast Guard and the Requin Submarine Base will fill the bill.
And what’s a parade without some quirky fun? Sprinkled in throughout the parade are Steel City Rollers, female Roller Derby stars; Colonel Eagleburger's Highstepping Goodtime Band; the merry group that saved Santa-Land; Squonk Opera with latest production featuring stages on bicycles; and frights provided by ScareHouse.
Free Healthy Ride
Hello Bistro and Healthy Ride have teamed up to offer free riding all day on Saturday, July 9th in celebration of Pittsburgh's 200th Anniversary. There is no limit on trip duration. All riding is free from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. It's easy to participate! The free rate will automatically apply to all Healthy Ride rentals. All riders must have a Healthy Ride account to rent bicycles. New riders can set up an account online at healthyridepgh.com, on the nextbike app, or by calling Customer Service 412-535-5189.
Find the nearest Healthy Ride station on the Station Map or the nextbike mobile app.
Cultural Heritage Parade participants will each have a 5 minute performance slot
Time: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Market Square
Bicentennial Concert & Fireworks:
Concert: 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Fireworks: 9:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Point State Park
Photo/Video Opportunities (for media planning purposes)
11:00 a.m. Bicentennial Parade
1:00-3:00 p.m. Mayoral Descendants Reception, City-County Building Lobby
12:30-2:30 p.m. Bicentennial Showcase, Market Square
6:00-9:00 p.m. Bicentennial Concert & Fireworks, Point State Park
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Office of Mayor William Peduto
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