PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The annual Three Rivers Regatta is just two weeks away.
This year’s festival will feature all of the fun-filled traditions of years past along with some new attractions.
It’s the largest inland regatta in the country and it’s right here in Pittsburgh.
This year, the Three Rivers Regatta returns July 2-4.
There will be plenty of powerboat races, food, activities for the kids and entertainment.
This year’s headlining act is Jefferson Starship.
If that’s not enough, there are some new additions to the action-packed festival, including an extra fireworks show on July 3, after the Jefferson Starship concert.
The fireworks will be set to Hollywood movie theme music and they’ll be fired from the top of the Wyndham Grand hotel in the Golden Triangle.
“There will be special effects, theatrical effects, comets, aerial bursts, strobes and shimmering waterfalls,” Dr. George Zambelli, Jr. said.
There will also be a huge fireworks display on July 4, which will be choreographed to patriotic music.
In addition to the added pyrotechnics, organizers are hoping another new attraction draws a big crowd.
“We also have a group called X Pogo. This is extreme pogo jumping. If you’ve never seen this before, these are pogo sticks on steroids, is the best way I can describe them. Most of the technology was actually developed out of CMU, but these guys are extraordinary. They did a commercial for Nike last year,” Michael Dongilli said.
The regatta attracts 500,000 spectators and all of the events are free of charge.