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:
- Pittsburgh police Chief Scott Schubert, grand marshal
- Totally 80s band
- Mrheelyagirl, TikTok phenomenon
- Brian Butko, Isaly’s book author (plus a float courtesy of Isaly’s)
- City Flutes, Sleigh Belles performances
- Rick Sebak
- Jackie Page
- Byron Nash, musician
- Johnny Angel, performer
- Doug Oster, plant extraordinaire
- Nick Mancini, Mancinis Bakery, debuting this year’s bread holiday display
- Sue Kerr, PGH Lesbian blogger
- FRZY, performer
- Mark Ferrari, performer
- Kelly and Elista from 100.7 Star
- Santa! (Pittsburgh’s favorite Santa John)
The fake parade will be livestreamed at 8:45 a.m. Dec. 11. Find details on how to watch here.