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Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade News


Saturday, March 17, 2018 - Rain, Snow or Shine


The latest News on one of the oldest and largest
St. Patrick's Day Parades in the nation 
       

This edition of the Pittsburgh St Patrick's Day Parade News is one of many communications activities to keep you up to date as we look ahead to the 148th Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade!  Put it on your calendar - 10 a.m., Saturday, March 17, 2018, rain, snow or shine!

PITTSBURGH ST. PATRICK'S PARADE 2018

OFFICIAL PARADE T-SHIRT HOT OFF THE PRESSES

Returning for 2018 the Official Pittsburgh Shamrock Shammy  

The Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade is pleased to announce that its 2018 official parade T-shirt is now in production and will be rolling out to retailers! The ever-popular T-shirt will be joined again this year by the Irish green Pittsburgh Shamrock Shammy – the official towel for people who want to celebrate St. Patrick's Day the Pittsburgh way.

This year's shirt will have a decidedly Pittsburgh look and feel with a distinct nod to former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland and Steelers President Dan Rooney, to whom this year's event is dedicated.

The parade will be held in Downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday, March 17, 2018.   This is the 6 th year for the T-shirt, now a popular St. Patrick's Day Parade collectible, available only in the weeks leading up to the parade.

The Official Pittsburgh Shamrock Shammy

The official Pittsburgh Shamrock Shammy is a green, terry cloth towel and the official Shammy of the Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade.   And it's one-size-fits-all!

The official parade T-shirt (short-sleeve, long-sleeve, sweatshirts) and the Pittsburgh Shamrock Shammy are available at retailers and vendors throughout the city in the weeks leading up to one of the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parades.  

Some of these locations include:   Definitely You in Brentwood's Towne Square; and Yinzers in the Strip District; and others.

A portion of the T-shirt's and the Shammy's proceeds will go to The Irish Society for Education & Charity, Inc., the nonprofit parent of the Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Parade Committee.

Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee

to Dedicate Pittsburgh's 2018 Parade to Ambassador Daniel M. Rooney 

Pittsburgh, PA, February 15, 2018 – The Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee announced it will honor the late U.S. Ambassador to Ireland and Pittsburgh Steelers legend by dedicating the 2018 Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade to Daniel M. Rooney.

“It is extremely rare that we dedicate the entire parade to one individual,” said Mac McCafferty, Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade Chairman.   “But last year when we got the news of Mr. Rooney's passing, our former Parade Chairman Pat O'Brien made the suggestion that we dedicate this year's parade to the former ambassador, which received immediate and unanimous support from everyone involved with the parade.”

In this year's parade, members of the Rooney family and representatives from the Steelers' organization will participate in the parade as honored guests. Mr. Rooney's legacy will be celebrated in several ways, from recognition on official parade T-shirts to acknowledgement at the parade and several related pre-parade events and activities.

“On behalf of the Rooney Family, we are honored that this year's parade is being dedicated to our father, Dan Rooney,” said Jim Rooney, one of Dan Rooney's children.   “My father always loved the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.   In the 1950s, he was involved in the planning of the parade and marched in it every year back then. Throughout his life, he was very proud of his Irish heritage, from his beginnings on the North Side to his role as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland.   No matter what the task, his Irish heritage was a proud staple in everything that he did. The City of Pittsburgh held a special place in his heart, and he truly enjoyed how our entire city turns Irish on parade day.”

Among Mr. Rooney's many accomplishments, he is most known as the one who led the Pittsburgh Steelers organization through its long and steady rise to become one of the most elite professional sports franchises in the world.   In Pittsburgh, he was an icon with many community and philanthropic interests.

From 2009 through 2012, Mr. Rooney served as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. This Pittsburgh native son was one of the most highly respected and beloved Irish-Americans.

About the Parade

Pittsburgh's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade honors Ireland's patron saint and celebrates Pittsburgh's Irish heritage and is normally attended by 200,000-plus people, all “Irish for the day.”   On a warm, sunshine-filled parade day, 350,000 have attended the event.   The parade has enjoyed a 148-year history in the city, having occurred non-stop since 1950.   On average, the parade counts over 22,000 participants. Many Pittsburghers remember that not even a blizzard in 1993 was able to keep Pittsburgh's Irish from marching on.   The parade is one of the oldest and largest St. Patrick's Day Parades in the nation.  

J. "Mac" McCafferty, Chairman
Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Parade Committee
PHONE: 412.951-7068

Tim O'Brien, Media Relations Chair
O'Brien Communications
PHONE: 412.854.8845
timobrien@timobrienpr.com
Communications Contact: Tim O'Brien, APR
412.854.8845
The Pittsburgh St Patrick's Day Parade has enjoyed a 148-year history in the city, having occurred non-stop since 1950.  According to U.S. Census data, the number of Pittsburghers claim Irish heritage are as large as or larger than than any other ethnic group in the region .