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‘Not so’ fake Pittsburgh Christmas parade returns

Pittsburgh has not had a proper Christmas parade since 2019, when WPXI produced what would become the last holiday season parade in Pittsburgh, ending a nearly 40-year tradition that first began with Kaufmann’s Department Store.

But fear not: The fine folks behind YaJagoff Media are back with another Pittsburgh-centric holiday parade that’s not a parade: “The Not Your Average Holiday Parade N’at, YaJagoff.”

This year’s “not so fake” holiday parade will be held at The Block Northway, McKnight Road Babcock Boulevard in Ross Township, on from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 3.

Erika Jay and Monica of Pittsburgh radio station Q92.9 will serve as roving reporters, making their way to each tent for interviews.

YaJagoff’s Rachael and John will narrate the parade-like happenings from the back of a Rohrich pickup truck. The entire event will be livestreamed on YaJagoff, as well as the Q92.9 Facebook pages, thanks to Sorgatron Media.

The event will feature entertainment from the Steel City Ukuleles, Mark Ferrari and Ashley Marina, plus performances from dance and performance troupes, and appearances by Pittsburgh personalities including KDKA-TV’s Ray Petelin. The Moonshot Museum is also listed as a participant.

Oh, and, of course, the parade-like event will feature Santa Claus!

Each parade attraction will be stationed, and featured, at four stops in the parking lot under sponsored tents: Mancini’s Bakery, Millie’s Ice Cream, North Country Brewing and Screenmobile.

The event will be held at the main entrance of The Block Northway’s parking lot.

“It’s bigger and better this year, so, get in the holiday spirit,” YaJagoff co-owner John Chamberlin said in a news release. “Get up, worsh your face, and come join us, live or on Facebook.”

How to watch the Macy’s Parade

Cue the confetti!

The 96th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade steps off on Thanksgiving Day — Nov. 24!

This year, the parade kicks off at 8:45 a.m. at Central Park West and 77th Street in New York City.

In 2021, Macy’s estimated 2.5 million spectators lined the parade route.

And that’s nothing compared to screen views!

Macy’s estimates that more than 50 million viewers across broadcast and streaming watch the parade, making it one of the nation’s most viewed televised events each year.

So, how can you watch the parade?

The parade will air from 9 a.m. to noon in all time zones.

View the parade on your local NBC station or stream it on Peacock.

Celebrities and other acts in the parade include Paula Abdul, Gloria Estefan, Ziggy Marley, the cast of Peacock’s “Pitch Perfect,” Jordin Sparks, Dionne Warwick, Lea Michele and, of course, Santa Claus!

The “Today” show hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb will host the parade. Al Roker is also listed as a parade co-host, but NBC’s Dylan Dreyer said on air recently that she will help do some street coverage of the parade.

NBC has made no official statements on Roker’s role or Dreyer’s role.

NBCUniversal will present the full NBC broadcast with live audio description on the Secondary Audio Program channel (SAP).

The broadcast will be available with additional audio narration, describing the visuals of the parade.

Image: Macy’s Inc.