Pittsburgh has celebrated (and as history states, sometimes not celebrated) St. Patrick’s Day with a parade for nearly 150 years, through rain, shine, and of course, the infamous Blizzard of ‘93. The city has continued to add traditions to the holiday, like the introduction of Finn the Irish Wolfhound mascot in 2018, evolving it into one of the nation’s biggest and best Irish celebrations.
While the ‘Burgh may not dye the rivers green like Chicago (can you imagine the work it would take to dye three rivers?), Pittsburgh’s Irish celebration has grown in recent years, even to the point of receiving national recognition; it’s even believed to be the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the United States (this according to Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Parade Committee, which might be like a Pittsburgher saying that the Steelers are the greatest NFL team, so take it with a grain of salt). Pittsburgh’s parade includes 22,000 participants, 200 marching units, and floats representing a variety of cultures and heritages.
Here’s everything you need to know to about Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, from the history, to the parade itself, to the hot spots to go to after.