The Best City for St. Paddy’s Day
Pittsburgh is THE Best City to Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day
13.5% of Pittsburgh’s population identifies as Irish – beating Boston by a (red) hair. But that’s only one reason why Pittsburgh is the best city to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in the United States. Its parade, parties, and enthusiasts help rank it #1.
This ranking joins a long list of accolades gracing Pittsburgh in the past year. From one of the best cities for millennials to live, to the city with the best food and restaurant scene, Pittsburgh has come a long way from its day as an old, rusty steel town. Where the term “Yinzer” once had a negative connotation –Yinzers now have so many reasons to take (Irish) pride in Pittsburgh.
The Parade: March 12, 2016
Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the longest-running St. Paddy’s Day parade in history, which helps establish it in the rankings. Taking place the Saturday before St. Paddy’s day, the Parade usually kicks off a day of drinking green beer and eating Irish foods. From 1869 until 2016, Pittsburghers have been marching, singing, and drinking around the city. Here’s this year’s route and road closures:
And there’s always a kid-friendly version in Market Square: http://marketsquarepgh.com/events2.html
Looking to throw your own parade pregame? Kegs and (green) Eggs and Ham is a classic St. Paddy’s Day tradition – it’s simple and has enough protein to get you through the day. But if you want to step up your game, why not try something as filling as it is festive – like spinach pancakes and corned beef hash.
And to drink? If beer at 8 a.m. doesn’t sound appealing, The Food Network recommends delicious mint milkshakes.
Your food will be decorative itself, but little touches of green, gold, and orange can really spice up a party. Don’t be caught without supplies!
Kiss Me I’m Irish, Pinch Me I’m Green, and other assorted green t-shirts make up the majority of parade-goers’ wardrobes. But, don’t let that stop you from decking out from head to toe in your best leprechaun outfit.
Our Resident Events!
Now that you’ve got parade day covered, don’t forget to continue the celebrations Thursday March 17, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. in Park View One’s Lobby for PV residents and Hofbrahaus Pittsburgh for the residents of Carson Street Commons.
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