PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A large crowd turned out at the downtown Marriott, to hear VisitPittsburgh’s “Fall Forecast.”

A highlight was a huge rubber ducky. Under construction in Ohio, it will arrive in Pittsburgh Sept. 27.

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At 40 feet in height, the duck will pass under the Fort Duquesne Bridge and make its way down river to the Clemente Bridge. That’s as far as it can go, but Paul Organisak of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust says it’s great place for a party.

“In partnership with our friends at Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, they will have their market set up on the bridge,” he says. “We’ll have a deejay, and we’ll welcome the rubber duck to Pittsburgh.”

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The duck’s first appearance in America kicks off a series of autumn events. The “International Festival of Firsts” presents newly launched exhibits and shows throughout the city. And the Carnegie International returns to the Carnegie Museum of Art.

“It’s the first International in five years now,” says museum spokesman Jonathan Gaugler. “Thirty-five artists from 19 countries. And they’re all bringing a little bit of that country with them.”

Another first: the Pitt Panthers open their inaugural season in the ACC with a home game against Florida State.

As for the duck, Organisak says it will be moored at Point State Park until late October.

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