For the 50th anniversary of Light Up Night, the event is expanding to 2 days. Mike Edwards, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, says the festivities begin at 4 o'clock this afternoon so "come early" and "bring your sneakers." Friday November 19 and will be capped off with a fireworks display that night. Then the activities continue Saturday morning at 10 o'clock.....
"What makes this annual event so special is that it is entirely focused on Pittsburgh, its beauty, its performers , its traditions and its communities."
Edwards says the reopening of Market Square adds to the celebration because there is room for a lot more people and new events.
There will be 2 large stages in Market Square with performances by the CAPA Choir, Etta Cox and Al Dowe Trio and No Bad Ju JU; and, on the Clemente Bridge where the Granati Brothers, Johnny Angel and the Halos, and Donny Iris and the Cruisers will perform. In addition, five Pittsburgh area high school bands will march through downtown Pittsburgh playing holiday music.
Saturday's performance schedule includes the Joe Negri Quartet, Jeff Jimerson and Airborne, Vanessa Campagna Christmas Show, and Grand Pittsburgh Celebrate Santa Stage Show. The highlight should be the Candlelight Carriage Parade featuring horses of all sizes and carriages including the famous Wells Fargo stagecoach.
Pittsburgh Area native, Tom Nesbit, currently living in Mesa, Arizona made the 2,200 mile trek to his hometown to participate in the Carriage Parade. Nesbit owns several antique fire wagons, dating back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s participate annually in the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Fiesta Bowl Parade.