MOUNT CARMEL - Picnic in the Park started its 18th year Thursday and continues through Saturday at town park.

The popular event sponsored by Mount Carmel Volunteer Emergency Services Association Inc. (MCVESA) is scheduled for 6 to 11 p.m. today and 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Marla and the Juniper Street Band will play from 7 to 11 p.m. tonight.

Haela will perform at the picnic from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, followed by Red Halo from 7 to 11 p.m.

Saturday's parade will begin about 5 p.m. on Chestnut Street and move through the downtown area before ending at Anthracite Fire Company, where a housing ceremony for the company's new ladder truck and a building dedication will be conducted. Trophies in various categories will be awarded.

Fireworks will be set off at about 10:05 p.m. Saturday from the top of the coal bank overlooking the Anthracite Baseball Field.

In addition to 13 vendors, other attractions include Smokey the Bear and Gym Starz, a gymnastics group that will perform again Saturday.