SHAMOKIN - A pet and toy parade has been added to the slew of events in Shamokin's 150th anniversary celebration.

Children 12 years old and younger will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at the east end parking lot at the post office for the parade.

Participants are to bring their bikes, wagons, Cozy Coupes and other wheeled travel toys for use in the parade.

Pets are also invited.

Mayor William D. Milbrand said he looks forward to seeing a variety of pets in the parade, like rabbits and parakeets. He also encourages children to decorate their toys in red, white and blue.

Parents are welcome to participate in the parade with their young children, including babies in prams.

The parade, which begins at 7 p.m., will travel down Independence Street to Sixth Street, onto Arch Street and end at Claude Kehler Community Park. Free food, including chicken fingers, hot dogs and chips, will be served up to children.

The current schedule for the 150th anniversary celebration week is as follows:

On Sunday, June 29, the celebration will kick off with an ecumenical service at 3 p.m. at Claude Kehler Community Park.

On Tuesday, July 1, Our Shamokin Band will perform in Claude Kehler Community Park beginning at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, July 2, the pet and toy parade will travel through town beginning at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, July 3, an anniversary ball will be held at the Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge 1149, Rock Street. Cocktails start at 6 p.m. and the ball begins at 7 p.m. The cost is $10 at the door and includes a buffet and entertainment by DJ Chad Evans. Dress is semi-formal, and Mayor Milbrand encourages men to wear coats and ties and women to don dresses or nice slacks.

On Saturday, July 5, Shamokin's grand parade celebrating the city's 150th anniversary will begin at 2 p.m. at the corner of Shamokin and Willow streets in the city's Fifth Ward. A car show will take place in the morning, with a new Camaro convertible being raffled off at 10 a.m. Live music will be performed throughout the day at the grandstand, which will be erected at the east end of Independence Street. Shamokin's annual Independence Day firework display will take place at dusk.