By Brenda Waters


PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – Folks are used to retailers putting up Christmas decorations before Halloween, but why is it happening on downtown Pittsburgh streets?

Mayor Bill Peduto says there’s a logical explanation that city crews are already hanging green wreaths with red bows on some light poles.

It’s because the wreaths will have electric lights and, because that’s never been done before, it’s taking workers longer to wire the outlets needed to power them.

KDKA’s Brenda Waters: “Is it too early?”

LaShona Wade: “Oh yes, it is, but I like it. It does get you in the Christmas spirit.”

Peduto says the city wants to ensure the decorations are up in time for Light Up Night, the annual kickoff to the holiday shopping season on Nov. 18.

“A small part of me thinks, yeah it’s a little too early for Christmas decorations, given the fact it’s not even Halloween, but given the fact that Light Up Night is a huge event, I kind of understand why they put it up,” said Lauren Cichran.

The city isn’t paying for the extra-early decorations. The Colcom Foundation gave the city $80,000 for lighted wreaths on Fifth and Penn Avenues and Grant Street.

“If the city is going to get extra money for it, I guess I don’t have a problem with it,” said Adam Levine.

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