How far back does Pittsburgh's St. Patrick's Day history go?
The first St. Patrick’s Day in Pittsburgh was March 17, 1869; however, at the first parade, wagons being unloaded at the emporium of Joseph Liebler affected the flow, and the police wouldn’t stop the delivery people because the Liebler business was so prosperous. Fortunately, the parade's a bit more organized these days.
While the motto is usually “rain, snow, or shine,” the parade was canceled in 1903 due to snow and the next year, for some inexplicable reason, the parade was canceled again (not due to weather). In 1956, winter weather canceled the Saturday parade on a Friday, but on that Saturday, people stepped off anyway, with 9 inches of snow on the ground. At first, the rebel marchers were in trouble with the police, but eventually then-Police Chief Maloney gave in and even marched down Fifth Avenue with the group. Since then, weather hasn’t stopped Pittsburgh from marching, even during the Great Blizzard of 1993. For 2018, the Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee announced it will honor the late US Ambassador to Ireland and Pittsburgh Steelers legend Daniel M. Rooney by dedicating the 2018 Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade to him, with this year’s theme being “A Just Peace in the North of Ireland.”