2 new countries to be represented at annual Heritage Day on Saturday in Shenandoah
Asummer tradition in Shenandoah of celebrating the borough’s people and ethnic backgrounds will continue with some new additions.
The 19th Heritage Day and the 18thP arade of Nations will be held Saturday, hosted by Downtown Shenandoah Inc., the borough’s revitalization group. Heritage Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on North Main Street. The Parade of Nations will step off at 10 a.m. with 15 nations represented. Mary Luscavage, DSI executive director and Main Street Program manager, said there are two new countries to be represented this year— Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
The honorary grand marshal will be local journalist John E. Usalis. Usalis is a former staff writer for The Republican- Herald.
“He’s always been willing to help us with anything. I think he deserves it,” Luscavage said.
Luscavage said in choosing a grand marshal, DSI makes a list of suggestions and Usalis was at the top of the list. When his name was mentioned, it was the only one that needed to be heard. Usalis was announced as the unanimous selection for grand marshal at DSI’s July meeting.
Luscavage said parade participants should line up between 9 and 9:30 a.m. on Jardin Street. The route is: Jardin Street to Cherry Street, then to Main Street and Washington Street, ending at the Shenandoah Community Living Center.
Parade participants include the Shenandoah Valley marching band, Nativity BVM marching band, Hawk Mountain Highlanders, Perseverance Jazz Band and Shenandoah All- Star Polka Band.
Following the parade, festivities will continue on Main Street. The national anthem will be performed by Shaina Graff and invocation by the Rev. Neal Smith of Bethel Primitive Methodist Church. Proclamations will be presented to Usalis from Mayor A nd rew Szczyglak and state Sen. David G. Argall, R- 29, Rush Township.
A popular feature of the event is the food. There will be a variety of ethnic fare as well as a selection of American favorites. Other vendors include artists, crafters and games.
“There will be some different things people have not seen before,” Luscavage said.
Entertainment is scheduled throughout the day at the veterans garden. The lineup is: Perseverance Jazz Band, 11: 15 a. m. to 12: 15 p. m.; Leilani Chesonis, 12: 15 to 1: 15 p. m.; Lester Hirsh, 1: 15 to 2: 15 p. m.; and Toolshed Jack Acoustics, 2: 15 p. m.
For nature lovers, the wooded northern part of Girard Park, which borders Shenandoah borough and West Ma hanoy Township, will be available for nature walks.
Anyone wishing to carry their flag and represent their ethnicity should call the 116 N. Main St. office of the revitalization group Downtown Shenandoah Inc. at 570- 4622060.
Formore information, visit the DSI website, www. downtown shenandoah. com, or its Facebook page.
Mary Ann Cegielsky, left, and John Sinkiewicz, both of Shenandoah, carried the banner for Lithuania during last year’s annual Parade of Nations. This year’s parade will kick off at 10 a. m. Saturday in downtown Shenandoah.