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The Salute to Santa parade and children's party have established a longstanding tradition in McKeesport. Each year, thousands of spectators from across the Mon Valley line Fifth Avenue in downtown McKeesport to watch a procession of holiday floats, marching bands, dance troupes, fire trucks, and more.Participation is open to community groups, student organizations, churches, businesses and local officials."We welcome anyone to reserve a spot to ride a vehicle or march inthe parade,"Mayor Michael Cherepko said. "Participants often choose to toss individually wrapped candies to spectators along the parade route."Groups also have an opportunity to nominate a young woman affiliated with their organization to be the Salute to Santa princess or queen.Parade applications are available online or by calling Jennifer Vertullo at 412-675-5020, ext. 605.