PITTSBURGH - Rain didn’t stop Pittsburghers from turning out for Saturday’s WPXI Holiday Parade downtown.
The holiday tradition marked its 35th anniversary as people lined the streets -- some with umbrellas in hand -- to see decorated floats, huge balloons, marching bands and more.
Celebrity appearances included actor Patrick Warburton, who came with his family.
“I wish a happy, healthy, safe holiday for everybody here,” said Warburton. “It’s great to be here. This is the one great American city I had actually never been to, so we were just thrilled at the opportunity to come here.”
Mr. McFeely also took part in the festivities, as did Joanne Rogers, wife of the late Fred Rogers.
The crowd was even treated to performances from "The Voice" finalist and North Hills native Chris Jamison, Pittsburgh native Daya and country singer Chris Higbee.
Several athletes also celebrated the holiday season with the Steel City, including Steelers Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis and Pittsburgh native Meghan Klingenberg, from the World Cup-winning U.S. Women's National Soccer Team.
“I love being back. I come back whenever I can because I just love being a part of this city and being a part of the excitement of the holiday,” said Klingenberg.
Members of the Harlem Globetrotters brought high energy to the parade.
Pittsburgh mascots Steely McBeam, Iceburgh and the Pirate Parrot joined in on the fun as well.
Meanwhile, Scooby Doo, Bugs Bunny and Daniel Tiger were among the balloons that hovered over the streets of downtown.
And it wouldn’t be a holiday parade without Santa Claus, who spread his holiday cheer to end the parade and wished Pittsburgh a “Merry Christmas.”
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