By Rick Dayton

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It took them months to plan three days of festivities for the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta. After those events pulled hundreds of thousands of people Downtown, now they have to clean up after the fun is done.

It’s not exactly simple to clean up after you throw a party for more than half of a million people.

“I liked the fireworks, and the most beautiful ones I ever saw,” Alyssa Graziani said.

“We saw the fireworks last night. We saw the dog show. All kinds of fun stuff. We had a blast,” Fritz Graziani said.

One of the big calling cards this year, was the newly renovated fountain at Point State Park, but can you imagine 700,000 people being there? That’s the estimate from Homeland Security

“They just kept coming. They were pouring in. There was no stopping them,” Regatta spokesman Michael Dongilli said.

Today, Dongilli and his crew of 15 are charged with the cleanup.

“We expect it. It’s really not that bad. It looks like it, but really isn’t. It will take all day, but by the weekend we will have it all cleaned up,” Dongilli said.

As the crews pick up trash, the vendors are busy taking down the tents and the signs to put things right back to the way they were before.

“By evidence of the crowd itself, they just support this event so overwhelmingly. The fact that it’s free helps obviously, but they just love it. They just love what we do and how we do it and make it a fun atmosphere and they appreciate it,” Dongilli said.

Pretty soon they will start planning for next year.


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