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Pittsburgh has celebrated (and 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. This year, it’s adding a new tradition to the annual event, with the introduction of a mascot named Finn the Irish Wolfhound, who’ll be marching alongside St. Patrick himself during the parade (sorry, Pirate Parrot).
While we 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; it’s even believed to be the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the United States (according to Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Parade Committee, which is admittedly like a Pittsburgher saying 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, floats representing a variety of cultures and heritages, and also new this year, the Largest Potato in the World.
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 hit up afterward.