Get ready to replace your Terrible Towel with the Pittsburgh Shamrock Shammy! Come snow, rain, or shine, the Pittsburgh Irish Network is hosting the 149th Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16 at 10 a.m.
This family-friendly event, considered the world’s second-largest St. Patrick’s Day parade, is an opportunity for all Yinzers to celebrate Ireland’s patron Saint, regardless of their heritage. Whether you’ve been watching the parade for years or this is your first time attending the event, we’ve put together this guide to the Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade for 2019 to let you know what’s what.
2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Route
The parade will follow the same route it did last year, starting downtown in front of the Greyhound Bus Station at Liberty and 11th streets. Then, it will travel south down Grant Street before turning right at Boulevard of the Allies, passing the reviewing stand at Stanwix Street before disbursing one block later at Commonwealth Place.
2019 Parade Line-Up
Mike Gallagher has been named the Grand Marshall of the 2019 Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade, thanks in part to his dedication to spreading traditional Irish music in Pittsburgh. Other marchers include Castle Shannon’s Rich O’Malley once again portraying St. Patrick himself, as well as a veritable who’s-who of local representatives, Irish community members, and performing arts groups. Plus, one lucky Pittsburgh woman will be crowned Miss Smiling Irish Eyes and ride through the parade with her court.
Plan Your Trip Downtown
Just in case you were wondering, organizers aren’t joking when they say the parade will happen regardless of weather conditions. In 1956, the Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade was officially canceled, but people marched on anyway despite nine inches of snow. The parade even continued in 1993, the year of the great St. Patrick’s Parade Blizzard.
Anywhere from 200,000 to 350,000 people will be downtown to watch the parade, so plan accordingly, as street parking will be extremely limited. Visit the Pittsburgh Parking Authority website for downtown parking garages and rates. Or, consider taking the T or one of the many bus routes downtown—just make sure to check Port Authority schedules for bus detours.
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