Girls Scouts to parade next weekend in Pittsburgh
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Girl Scouts wearing an array of uniforms from decades past will parade down Liberty Avenue Saturday as part of a 100th anniversary celebration of their organization.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. and will feature marching bands, floats and girls in uniforms from each decade of scouting history. Their anniversary celebration is expected to draw 3,000 girls and women to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center from Friday through Sunday.
Another public feature of the event will be a literal bridging ceremony on the Roberto Clemente Bridge at 5 p.m. Saturday. Bridging is the term for when girls are promoted from one level of scouting to another. In this case they will walk en masse from one end of the bridge to the other. Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania includes about 36,000 girls ages 5-17.
Sunday's events include the culmination of their "Forever Green" campaign, in which scouts have been collecting plastics to recycle. All of these items will be dropped off at the convention center. The scouts are also collecting school supplies to donate to the Salvation Army.
The celebration will close with an interfaith service that emphasizes symbols and values, such as light and care of the Earth, that are common to all major religious traditions.
First Published August 12, 2012 12:00 am