• City of Pittsburgh celebrates bicentennial with parade, fireworks


    PITTSBURGH - The city of Pittsburgh on Saturday celebrated 200 years since its incorporation.

    The day kicked off with an 11 a.m. parade on Liberty Avenue. It began at 11th Street and came to an end in Point State Park.

    The Bicentennial Parade was organized as what officials described as a human timeline, beginning with the indigenous people of the region and proceeding through the city’s history of immigrants arriving from around the world.

    Native Americans from the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center led the parade, followed by French and Indian War and Revolutionary War re-enactors with muskets, rifles and drums.

    Four hundred descendants of Pittsburgh mayors from 1816 to the present took part in the parade, as did notable Pittsburghers like Franco Harris, Larry Richert, Bruno Sammartino, Manny Sanguillen and Kent Tekulve.

    Members of more than 100 Pittsburgh organizations made appearance at the parade.

    Celebrations on Saturday also included a showcase in Market Square. The day ended with a concert and fireworks in Point State Park.

    A laser projection of the number “200” kicked off the fireworks celebration, which was put on by Pyrotechnico, the same company that put on the city’s Fourth of July fireworks.

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