St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Downtown Pittsburgh
March 11
10 a.m.

Niche has repeatedly ranked Pittsburgh the number one city for celebrating St. Paddy’s Day—and this Saturday is your chance to find out why.

Taking place all week in and around Pittsburgh, the lineup of Irish-heritage happenings will showcase area artists, musicians, cultural traditions and community groups.

To kick things off, both the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County will issue St. Patrick’s Week proclamations on Tuesday, March 7.

The highly anticipated crowning of the 2017 Miss Smiling Irish Eyes and Her Court will take place on Thursday, March 9 at the Rivers Club. Being honored as this year’s queen is Robinson Township resident and Duquesne University student, Sydney Diulus. Court members are Colleen Marie Bench and Megan Rohde.

The festivities will culminate in what is the second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the country. Kicking off Saturday, March 11 at 10 a.m., the “rain, snow or shine” parade starts at the Greyhound Bus Station located at the intersection of Liberty Avenue and 11th Street. The parade will proceed on Grant to the Boulevard of the Allies, and will end at Commonwealth Place.

First held in 1870, Pittsburgh’s beloved St. Patrick’s Day Parade has occurred consecutively since 1950, and is and one of the oldest in the U.S.

Expected to draw more than 23,000 revelers, this year’s parade will feature 180 marching units, including bands, floats, Irish dancers and musicians, cultural heritage and community groups, police, fire and emergency service agencies, and more.

Additional events Downtown on Saturday include the “St. Paddy’s Dawn to Dusk” celebration at Revel + Roost, an Irish Fair in Market Square with live music and entertainment, a St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza at Howl at the Moon, and much more.

If you’re looking for family fun, head to Market Square from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. for a full slate of all-ages entertainment and activities. Families will be treated to live performances by Weekend at Blarneys, the Shovlin School of Irish Dance and the Pittsburgh Ceili Club. Families should also swing by Fifth Avenue Place, which will offer face painting, bean bag toss games and live music for kids.

Photo by Ray Feather.

Celebrating the region’s deep Celtic roots, the parade is also an important catalyst for all of Pittsburgh’s residents to explore Irish heritage, culture, entertainment and cuisine throughout the year.

Looking for more events? Check out our 11 Pittsburgh events not to miss in MarchTop 10 family events in Pittsburgh this March and our 17 can’t-miss Pittsburgh concerts in 2017 feature stories.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...