The Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, beginning at 10 a.m., rain, snow, or shine.
With approximately 1/5th of the Pittsburgh metropolitan community claiming Irish heritage, it is no wonder the Steel City boasts one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the country. Irish step dancers, marching bands, military members, community organizations, and even Punxsutawney Phil are just a few of the participants that march down Grant Street every year on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day. Rain, hail, or even blizzard conditions cannot stop us from celebrating our Irish pride, especially when “everyone is Irish for the day.”
What began 150 years ago as a way to honor the patron saint of Ireland has evolved into a city-wide celebration of the pride that comes from being Irish. We welcome you to join us, first for mass at Old St. Patrick’s in the Strip, and then along the parade route. Wear your green (or black and gold), and help us celebrate!
When is the Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade?
The Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade is held the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, unless St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday, in which case the parade is on St. Patrick’s Day. It begins at 10 a.m. and takes approximately 3.5 hours to complete.
The 2020 Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on Saturday, March 14, 2020.
Who can participate in the parade?
The Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade is always looking for more groups to join us! Marching bands, talent groups, specialty acts, personalities, and Irish groups, among others, are encouraged to participate. If you are interested, please send us an email to PittsburghStPatricksDayParade@gmail.com or fill out our Contact Us form.
What happens on parade day?
Parade Day involves more than just watching the groups march by on Grant! Join us as we start our day off the way St. Patrick would – with Catholic mass at Old St. Patrick’s in the Strip. After you watch the parade, head over to Market Square for Faire in the Square!