St. Patrick's Day 2020 in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a passionate city. We take everything to the extreme -- sports, food, and especially holiday celebrations.

The Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade has been canceled. Find more information here.

It's almost St. Patrick's Day. Time to get out your green and celebrate! 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!

The 2020 St. Patrick's Parade

  • Date: March 14
  • Time: 10 AM
  • Location: Downtown
  • Description: One of the largest St. Patrick's Day Parades 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 2019 winner of the Miss Smiling Irish Eyes competition.

The Parade

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 + groups are participating this year!

The St. Patrick's Parade begins at 10 am on Saturday March 14 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 2020 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.

map of the St. Patrick's Day Parade route through downtown Pittsburgh

Transportation Logistics

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!

Fun Facts About the St. Patrick's Day Parade

  • The parade route is 1.4 miles from start to end
  • This is the 151st 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 is always the Saturday before or on the actual St. Patrick's Day holiday

    However you choose to celebrate the luck of the Irish, stay safe and have fun!

    Top Photo credit: Pennlive