Sponsors of the Pittsburgh
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Grand Marshall Sponsor
Vehicle Sponsor
Miss Smiling Irish Eyes Sponsor

Market Square and Reviewing Stand Sponsorship

Green Sponsors

Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Parade
Sponsorship Opportunities

The Pittsburgh's annual St. Patrick's Parade always takes place the Saturday before or on March 17th each year.

The event, which features over 23,000 participants from Pittsburgh-area marching bands, elected leaders, and a host of Irish-heritage groups, begins at 10 a.m., following the same route that was established in 2010, stretching from the intersection of Liberty Avenue and 11th Street (Greyhound Bus Station), to the reviewing stand located Downtown on the Boulevard of the Allies at Stanwix Street.

The parade celebrates Pittsburgh's Irish heritage and is normally attended by 150,000 - 200,000 spectators. On warm sunshine-filled parade days, as many as 250,000 have attended the event, which for some serves as a kickoff to weeklong St. Patrick's Day observances.

The parade has enjoyed a 145-year history in the city, having occurred non-stop since 1950. According to U.S. Census data, more Pittsburghers claim Irish heritage than any other ethnic group in the region.

The event typically features nearly 200 marching units, including 20 bands, floats, several police, fire and emergency service agencies, along with groups from Pittsburgh's Irish and other ethnic communities. The highlights of the parade are the appearance of Pittsburgh's Miss Smiling Irish Eyes and St. Patrick Himself.


Sponsorship Packages
Miss Smiling Irish Eyes Float/Car - ($2,000 donation plus the cost of float production/operation or car acquisition and decoration). Recognition on banner, event publicity, parade Web site, weekly social media mentions, starting in February.
Grand Marshal Float/Car - ($1,000 donation plus vehicle loan or float production/operation). The sponsor can feature one of its own vehicles with the Grand Marshall. Recognition on vehicle banners, parade Web site.
Review Stand Sponsorship - ($1,000 donation.) Recognition on review stand banners, VIP seating on review stand, recognition on parade Web Site.
Car Donor Sponsorship - Vehicles loaned to carry dignitary participants. Recognition on parade Web site.
Miss Smiling Irish Eyes Scholarship - ($1,000 donation.) A college scholarship for the 2011 Miss Smiling Irish Eyes honoree. Recognition on parade Web site and event publicity materials.
Green Sponsorships - These are $1,000 sponsorships from parade supporters. Recognition of parade Web site and on banners displayed along parade route.
Donations are made to: The Irish Society for Education & Charity, Inc. and are tax deductible. For more information, please or call 412.854.8845 .