Pittsburgh is a passionate city. We take everything to the extreme -- sports, food, and especially holiday celebrations.
Pittsburgh is a passionate city. We take everything to the extreme -- sports, food, and especially holiday celebrations. So get ready, because St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner, and Pittsburghers do it up right. This post will give you all the info you need to partake in the upcoming festivities, plan how to best enjoy the parade, and get there and back safely & efficiently.
Crowning of Miss Smiling Irish Eyes by Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017 Time: 12 pm Location: River's Club, Oxford Center (Downtown) at 12 Noon Description: Luncheon cost $30 and includes buffet. RSVP in advance
Parade Day Mass at St. Patrick's Church in the Strip District Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017 Time: 8 am Location: St. Patrick's Church in the Strip District Description: Interested parade-goers and marchers can start their day off in the true spirit of St. Patrick with Roman Catholic Mass.
The 2017 St. Patrick's Parade Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017 Time: 10 am Location: Downtown Description: Second–largest St. Patrick’s Parade in the USA. 23,000 participants expected. 200 marching units including 18 marching bands. Floats and many other groups representing several Irish heritage and other ethnic heritage organizations. Participants will include the 2017 Grand Marshal Jan Griffith, and the yet to be announced Miss Smiling Irish Eyes 2017, along with St. Patrick Himself.
Irish Fair in the Square Date: March 11, 2017
Time: Family Portion is 10 am - 1 pm; Adult Celebration 2 pm - 5:30 pm. Location: Downtown Market Square Description:On stage will be "Weekend at Blarneys" and Irish dance performances from Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance & the Pittsburgh Ceili Club. Buskers will entertain, and the little lads and lasses will be able to have their faces painted for the holiday! The street party turns into an adult celebration at 2 pm, with live bands, green beer for sale & open containers permitted throughout the plaza. Last call is typically 5:30 pm.
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. 200 plus groups are participating - check them all out here.
The St. Patrick's Parade begins at 10 am on Saturday March 11 and will run through Downtown Pittsburgh and the Strip District. The parade happens rain, snow, 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 2017 parade will follow the same route as last year. 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. Check out some fun parade history.
Fun Facts About the St. Patrick's Day Parade:
The parade route is 1.4 miles from start to end
This is the 147th Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The parade typically attracts from 200,000-350,000 spectators
There will be more than 200 marching units, bands, and floats
The Pittsburgh parade is one of the largest parades in the nation
Western Pennsylvanians who claim Irish-American heritage are one of the largest segments of the population
The parade is held in the rain, snow or shine, and happened even in the 1993 blizzard!
The parade generates millions in economic impact for Pittsburgh
The parade is always the Saturday before or on the actual St. Patrick’s Day holiday
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!
However you choose to celebrate the luck of the Irish, stay safe and have fun!
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.