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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.

Get ready for the 95th Macy’s Parade

Let’s have a parade!

The 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade steps off Nov. 25 in New York City and across the country on NBC.

“For our 95th celebration, Macy’s has created a spectacle to remember featuring a dazzling array of high-flying balloons, animated floats and incredible performers. We can’t wait to help New York City and the nation kick off the holiday season with the return of this cherished tradition,” parade executive producer Will Coss said in a news release issued by the company.

The parade will feature 15 balloons, 28 floats, more than 800 clowns, 10 marching bands and so much more.

Among the new balloons to be featured include Baby Yoda; Pikachu and Eevee; Tiptoe, the new star of Macy’s “Believe” campaign; and Toni, the Macy’s bandleader bear.

A new Ronald McDonald balloon will also make its way to Herald Square. This will be the fifth iteration of the McDonald’s mascot. The Ronald McDonald balloon is as tall as a three-story building. Believe it or not but Ronald McDonald didn’t join the parade as a balloon until 1987!

New to the parade, the “Celebration Gator” float from the Louisiana Office of Tourism is the longest float in parade history. It measures 60 feet from mouth to tail!

Returning this year, and celebrating its 25th anniversary on Nickelodeon, is the “Blue’s Clues” float!

Check out the full lineup of floats, balloons, bands and performances here.

Watch the 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at 9 a.m. Nov. 25 on NBC and Peacock.