Thursday, June 24, 2010

Regatta Promises Fun for the Fourth

It’s business as usual this year for the Three Rivers Regatta, as Pittsburgh’s official Independence Day celebration will bring music, fireworks and stunts to the city for the 33rd year in a row.

In addition to the customary speedboat races, this year’s event features the Red Bull Air Force’s aerial acrobatics show. Parachutist Miles Daisher says the RBAF will do what’s called “super swooping.”

“Which is diving our canopies at the ground, and we’ll build up speeds across the ground of up to 70 miles an hour. Usually we’re doing about 50 to 70 miles an hour when we come swooping in, and we’ll have smoke on our feet, skydivers’ smoke, when we’re coming in, so we’ll be easy to spot.”

Music acts visiting Pittsburgh for the July 3-4 regatta include country star Craig Morgan and the “GetBack! Cast of BEATLEMANIA” tribute band.

The Regatta will also host a bass fishing tournament, a Frisbee-catching dog show, dragon boat races, balloon artists, a pizza-eating contest and, of course, the ever-popular “Anything That Floats” competition. All programs are free of charge.

For a complete schedule of events, visit the Three Rivers Regatta website.

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