By: Paul Martino

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – This second day of Pittsburgh’s Light Up Night celebration turned out to be a fantastic evening after a shooting and a series of fights marred Friday night’s activities.

Thousands of people turned out in downtown Pittsburgh once again Saturday.

There were safety concerns Friday night when a series of fights broke at 6th Avenue and Wood Street. The fights followed an unrelated shooting.

Pepper spray and dogs were used to control the crowd, but it didn’t scare people away for night two of the holiday celebration.

KDKA’s Paul Martino spoke with several people who came out for Saturday’s events, and most said that they considered Friday evening’s troubles to be an isolated incident and it wasn’t going to keep them home.

The festivities on day two included the Duquesne Light Horse-Drawn Candlelight Carriage Parade, which featured some magnificent animals.

“It’s great. It’s beautiful. I love the horses,” said Maureen Demus-Lewis, of Pittsburgh’s North Side. “They are so beautiful.”

Parade-goers enjoyed the night and say they weren’t worried about their safety.

“I work in town and so does my wife. We’re here five days a week,” said Robert Stakeley, of Shaler. “We’re not afraid to come down during the weekends either.”

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