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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.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2021 Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade was postponed. It is now taking place on Saturday, September 18th.


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!


Who is the Grand Marshal?
The Grand Marshal of the Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a dedicated member of the Pittsburgh Irish community, selected by the parade committee, to lead the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The 2020 – 2021 Grand Marshal is Tim Finnerty.


Who is Miss Smiling Irish Eyes?
The title of Miss Smiling Irish Eyes goes to a young woman, between the ages of 17 and 22, who is of Irish descent and an active member of the Pittsburgh Irish community. Miss Smiling Irish Eyes are her court are representatives of the young people and the future of the Pittsburgh Irish community, They participate in a week of events leading up to the Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day parade, including a city and county council proclamation,local news interviews, and a crowning ceremony.
The Miss Smiling Irish Eyes committee selected Stephanie O’Donnell as the 2020 – 2021 Miss Smiling Irish Eyes. 2020- 2021 Court Maidens are Courtney McGinley and Kelly Bench. You can learn more about Miss Smiling Irish Eyes here.


How can I support the parade?
The Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day parade is a non-profit, volunteer-run, 503c(b) organization. Support of the St. Patrick’s Day parade can come through in a variety of ways. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Purchasing the official parade sponsor button, attending the fundraiser night at Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle, attending the official button party at McFadden’s on the North Shore, or making a monetary donation are all also excellent ways to support the Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day parade.

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