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 a 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," beginning with 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 travelling from across the United States, from Vermont to California. They are paying for their own travel and lodging expenses.
More than 100 Pittsburgh organizations are participating, including the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural 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 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, Columbian, 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.
Cultural Heritage Parade participants will each have a 5 minute performance slot between 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at Market Square.
The Bicentennial concert and fireworks will take place in Point State Park. The concert will be presented from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. and the fireworks from 9:30 – 10:00 p.m.
The concert will feature: Roger Humphries Jazz All-Stars; Pittsburgh's Country All Stars featuring The Beagle Brothers and Slim Forsythe; Pittsburgh Oldies and Rock 'n Roll All-Stars, featuring Artistree, Jack Hunt from Johnny Angel's group and Bubba, Fred Johnson and Kenny Mitchell, Steevie Wellons, David Granati, Norm Nardini, Shari Richards, Billy Price and Donnie Iris.