On July 9, 1816 Pittsburgh’s first Mayor, Ebenezer Denny, took office. To commemorate this occurrence, Mayor Peduto is planning a parade and celebration to be held on Saturday, July 9 starting at 11 a.m. on Liberty Avenue at 11th Street, downtown.
The Bicentennial Parade serves as a ‘human’ timeline, beginning with the first indigenous residents of the region, and proceeding through our 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.
470 descendants of Pittsburgh Mayors from 1816 to present will be in the parade. Some are coming from several European countries and many will be travelling from across the United States, from Vermont to California. They are paying for their own travel and lodging expenses.
Over 100 Pittsburgh organizations are participating, including the time honored Carnegie Museums of Art and History, the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Rotary
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 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.
Fans of newer machines will see state of the art robotics marching by!
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.
Following the parade, join the City of Pittsburgh for a Bicentennial Day celebration at Point State Park. The Point serves as host for this party of historic proportions with music, festivities for all ages, meet-and-greets with the descendants of past mayors, and concludes with an impressive fireworks display.
Cultural Heritage Parade participants will each have a 5 minute performance slot
Time: 12:30 – 2:30
Location: Market Square
Bicentennial Concert & Fireworks:
Concert: 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Fireworks: 9:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Point State Park
Roger Humphries’ Jazz All-Stars
Pittsburgh’s Country All Stars featuring:
The Beagle Brothers & Slim Forsythe
Pittsburgh’s Oldies and Rock ‘n Roll All-Stars, featuring:
Jack Hunt (from Johnny Angel’s group) & Bubba
Fred Johnson & Kenny Mitchell