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Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade
The 2nd largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the world. Pittsburgh's very large and active Irish community comes together each year to host this annual event. The parade in Pittsburgh dates back to as early as 1869. The purpose of the parade is to celebrate the freedom to be Irish and to enjoy the holiday to its fullest. A number of fundraising parties are held throughout the week leading up to parade day to help underwrite the cost of the parade. Many of the Irish pubs in town will host special nights featuring rare evenings of entertainment, give-a-ways, drink specials and raffles to benefit the parade. Visit the website for pub locations, parade route and activities to planned.
This year's event is planned for Saturday, March 11, 2017 and the parade begins at 10:00 am. The Parade formation begins at the Greyhound Bus Station at the intersection of Liberty Avenue and 11th Street. The parade proceeds to Grant Street to the Boulevard of the Allies and onward to the Reviewing Stand at Stanwix Street, then disburses at Commonwealth Place. A variety of family friendly activities including face painting for the kids, street performances from buskers, Irish music and dance are held in Market Square from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Visit the website for parking locations.
The ultimate St. Patrick's Day party begins at 2:00 pm when the parade ends. Join the Market Square Merchants for the traditional St. Patrick's Day street party in Pittsburgh. Enjoy the many products and food vendors, listen to the free concert and of course the green beer will be flowing. Visit the website for more details on the Irish Fair in the Square.
Make it a long weekend with a stay at a nearby bed and breakfast.