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Pittsburgh is a passionate city. We take everything to the extreme — sports, food, and especially holiday celebrations.
PLEASE NOTE, THE 2021 PITTSBURGH ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER. READ ON FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE 2021 PARADE.
The timing of Pittsburgh's 2021 St. Patrick's Day celebration is going to look and feel a bit different. This year's parade will take place on Saturday, Sept. 18 in downtown Pittsburgh. Even though it's not March, get ready to pull out your green and celebrate Ireland's patron saint in the 'Burgh!
According to Travel + Leisure and Niche, "St. Patrick’s Day is best celebrated in Pittsburgh given that 14% of the population is Irish." In fact, WalletHub ranked Pittsburgh among the Best Places to Go for St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you're Irish or not, you'll want to join in the fun!
Date: Sept. 18, 2021
Time: Begins at 10 am
Description: One of the largest St. Patrick's Day Parades in the USA. 20,000 participants expected. 200 marching units including many marching bands. Floats and many other groups representing several Irish heritage and other ethnic heritage organizations. Participants will include the winner of the Miss Smiling Irish Eyes competition.
Did you know that Pittsburgh hosts one of the largest St. Patrick's Day Parades in the United States? Well, we do! Like I said - we're passionate. Pittsburghers line up hours before the start of the parade to get a piece of the action. The parade features 200+ groups!
The St. Patrick's Parade begins at 10 am on Sept. 18 and will begin in the Strip District and run through Downtown Pittsburgh. The parade happens rain or shine, so be prepared and dress appropriately. Open containers are not allowed on the parade route and officers will be out and about, so plan your celebrations for before and after the parade.
The parade will proceed from the intersection of Liberty and 11th Streets to Grant Street to the Boulevard of the Allies, where it will turn right and continue onto the Boulevard of the Allies to the Reviewing Stand at Stanwix Street. It will then disburse at Commonwealth Place.
Downtown Parking Options: Street parking will be heavily restricted. Visit the Parking Authority website for a list of downtown lots and garages and their rates.
Public Transit: Check the Port Authority schedules for bus and T service. More than 40 bus routes serving Downtown and the Strip District will have detours and/or temporary stop changes on the morning of the parade.
Street Closures: Pittsburgh police will announce a list of downtown street closures in the days leading up to the parade. Make sure to check them before you head out!
Main Photo credit: Pennlive
Molly Allwein loves traveling the world, her three rescue dogs, and indulging in brunch & happy hour. Her favorite things about living in Pittsburgh are the $10 opera tickets, the robust community and philanthropic organizations, and the amazing culinary scene.