Changes Coming To St. Patrick’s Day Parade

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Only New York City has a larger St. Patrick’s Day parade than the one held in Pittsburgh.

However, the celebrations have gotten a little out of hand in the past. This year, some changes are being made to make it more family friendly.

From the looks of things, everybody is already Irish and the parade featuring Miss Smiling Irish Eyes isn’t until Saturday.

On Tuesday, Pittsburgh City Council declared the week of March 10-17 as St. Patrick’s Day Week.

One of the criticisms of the past, was that the celebration in Market Square got out of hand. This year, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., it will be family-focused.

Face painting, balloons and doughnuts for the kids will be offered. Then, at 2 p.m. a big country concert kicks off in the square.

“Everybody wants to get out of the house. They’ve been cooped up all winter, so this is a wonderful time of the year to celebrate a great holiday, and we want it to be a family friendly event,” Parade Organizer Jim Green said.

More than 20,000 people will be in Saturday’s parade starting at 10 a.m. More than 100,000 people will watch it wind through downtown and Green hopes a few minor tweaks between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. will keep everyone in line.

“The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is helping to coordinate that. Dunkin’ Donuts is doing a little something there with the kids’ activities. So, we are making an effort to do something in Market Square,” Green said.

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  1. Dan says:

    This is probably the only city function in the last yr where someone hasnt been shot, and its being called out of control??????

    1. Sandra Klingensmith says:

      Amen dan !

    2. BLOOMFIELD MIKE says:

      white people cant even talk in this reverse racist town without being out of control DAN

      1. Andy ELENTRI says:

        Well put, well put

      2. Tony Telirobich says:

        blame stupidstal, I do !

  2. Brenda Shreckengost says:

    I thought the police were going to let everyone run amuck?

  3. kevin says:

    HEY luke if you dont like pittsburgh move I am sure there are plenty of other cities that would love to have your witty and refreshing personality. I think that pittsburgh will be a little less depressing when you are gone. mac

  4. JOSE says:

    I WANT TO DRINK ALL DAY AND I WILL SO I LOVE LINDSEY

  5. Tom Patrick Ganley says:

    It is truly amazing how many people think that the parade day is St. Patrick’s Day.
    If they would only learn the true meaning of St Patrick’s Day of March 17 and be proud to be irish or irish american on this blessed day and not think that its a day to get intoxicated. There are plenty of Irish Bars celebrating on both days. So get out and take in some good Celtic/Irish music at these venues without getting totally drunk.
    Tom Patrick Ganley of McKeesport, Pa

  6. ROBERT MCFARLIN says:

    Why cant we all watch it on TV??
    They say its the 2nd largest St patty’s day Parade in the nation.?
    I turn on KDKA @ 10:00 AM TO FIND CARTOONS ON!
    Get with the program KDKA,..think of all the $pon$ors you could get.
    Some people live to far away to go,,…& some are handicapped.
    Im sure NY city being #1 for largest St patty’s parade can watch it on there
    televisions.
    NEXT YEAR I WANT TO WATCH IT ON MY FLAT SCREEN !!
    *********************************************************************************************

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