Nationality Days are a proud tradition in Ambridge, and the event is back for the 48th year Friday, Saturday and Sunday on four blocks of Merchant Street in the heart of the borough.
The event, which will be held between Fourth and Eighth streets, is sponsored by the Ambridge Area Chamber of Commerce.
Nationality Days happen "because of the support of the community," said chamber director Jenifer Watkins. "People want it to happen."
It's clear that the appeal extends beyond the borders of Ambridge, which has about 6,000 residents. In recent years, 30,000-40,000 people have participated, Ms. Watkins said.
Nationality Days start at noon Friday with a welcome at the main stage. A parade on Merchant Street is 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday.
The event has its roots in the many churches that served people who came from many countries to work here in the steel industry. Each ethnic group had its own church.
Ethic food is still part of the draw; this year's booths include Greek, Italian and Ukrainian fare. Crafts also will be sold.
There are new attractions this year, including the Children's and Young Adult Art Mart from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Ten young artists have signed up to display and sell their wares. They do not have to pay a vendor's fee.
Beaver County's Got Talent is another new addition from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday on the main stage. Ten acts have signed up for the competition, which will award cash prizes to the top three. Judges are Sal Aloe, managing director of Lincoln Park; Donna Groom, lead singer for the Skyliners; and Josh Taylor-Martin, actor/director.
There are 28 entertainment acts -- enough to fill two stages throughout the weekend.
The first act is the Lincoln Park Jazz Group, noon-1 p.m. Friday on the 7th Street Stage. Other performers include Lincoln Park Steel Drums, Hellenic Dancers, Junior Tamburitzans, Ambridge Area High School Choir and Celtic Spirit Highland Dancers and Pipers.
Acts perform from noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The Car Cruise is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Merchant Street.
Linda Wilson Fuoco: email@example.com or 412-722-0087.