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With no traditional Pittsburgh Christmas parade planned, YaJagoff Podcast steps in with ‘fake’ parade

In September, WPXI-TV said it would no longer produce an annual Christmas parade.

Originating with the Kaufmann’s Department Store, the Celebrate the Season Parade marched along Fifth Avenue under the Kaufmann’s Clock for many holiday seasons.

A brief history: Kaufmann’s became Macy’s in 2006, the Downtown store closed in 2015, the parade route changed in 2015 and then there was no parade in 2020 due to the pandemic but WPXI did a 40th anniversary special of the 39 previous parades.

Local celebrities, national stars, musicians and a myriad of floats, bands and other marchers participated over the years. Alex Trebek. Jerome Bettis. Mr. McFeely. Smiley Cookie. Kenny Kangaroo. “Days of our Lives” stars.

Cue John and Rachael from the YaJagoff Podcast.

The Pittsburgh-centric podcasters will host “The YaJagoff FAKE holiday parade.” (Git aht a tahn.)

The podcast duo shared great memories of the former Celebrate the Season Parade from Kaufmann’s and WPXI.

“We would always go home and watch it and see if we could see ourselves,” John told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “This parade was a big deal to me. My kids always knew we’re going down to the parade. No matter how cold or miserable it was, we were there.”

The “fake” parade will include a lineup of Pittsburghers.

And, the best part? There’s no actual parade route, so you’ll watch from any screen! (The parade “location” is being kept secret so as to not have people show up, apparently.)

The lineup includes:

The fake parade will be livestreamed at 8:45 a.m. Dec. 11. Find details on how to watch here.

Self-guided holiday selfie snapshot tour … or a fun ‘holiday day’ around Downtown Pittsburgh

Missed Light Up Night? Still want that selfie with all the trees? Check out these spots to hit on a fun “holiday day” in Downtown Pittsburgh! See the map below. These are listed in no particular order so that you can customize your own holiday fun!

Downtown Pittsburgh

  • See the Horne’s tree. Yes, it’s now called the Highmark Tree, formerly the Unity Tree (that name needs to come back Maybe Highmark Unity Tree). This is Pittsburgh’s classic holiday decoration. The tree beautifully sparkles at the corner of Stanwix and Penn along the corner of the former flagship Horne’s department store building. While decorated windows and shopping no longer exist here, the tree can serve as a great backdrop for that holiday season selfie!
  • Shop the Holiday Market at Market Square. Find more than 30 artisans and vendors at Pittsburgh’s mini version of a German Christmas market, complete with adorable chalets. Local artists, such as Linda Barnicott, display everything from ornaments to paintings, and other artisans have wearables (gloves, sweaters, hats), edibles (baked goods and more), smellables (is this even a word?) (candles) and more. While at Market Squre, check out the dazzling lights, sphere tree and entertainment.
  • Get a group photo with the large ornament at K&L Gates Center. The huge red ornament is up! Check it out in front of the main entrance to K&L Gates Center at 210 Sixth Ave.
  • Be a big dill — see the world’s largest pickle ornament. We can’t confirm it’s the world’s largest pickle ornament, but who else is going to have a massive pickle ornament except Pittsburgh? It’s at EQT Plaza (across the street from the red ornament). It’s at 625 Liberty Ave.
  • See the 106th Pittsburgh Christmas tree. The tree had quite a glowup. Check out the ornaments depicting each of the city’s neighborhoods.
  • Visit the Pittsburgh creche. It’s the only authorized replica of the creche at the Vatican. That’s a big deal for Catholics.
  • Take a selfie with the Point State Park tree one last time. After more than 30 years, Duquesne Light is ending the tradition of having a tree at the confluence of Pittsburgh’s three rivers. You still have this season to get that perfect selfie with the tree and skyline.
  • Spot the Pittsburgh area landmarks at the Carnegie Science Center train display. Popular Pittsburgh area landmarks —Kaufmann’s building, Mister Rogers house, etc — dot the landscape of this adorable train display. Don’t rush through it — watch day turn to nighttime! Also, while at the science center, check out the holiday laser lights show. Admission is required for the science center.
  • Make it a ‘Very Merry Pittsburgh’ at the Heinz History Center. See how Pittsburghers celebrate the holidays. Take a step back in time when Downtown was bustling with department store windows. Learn about all of the holidays that happen around here (even the Polar Bear Plunge!). See old toys, learn about a toy factory on the North Side and … see Santa (on select days). Admission is required for the history center.
  • Afterward, take a drive to see some neighborhood lights displays.