Thousands gather in Downtown Pittsburgh for annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

PITTSBURGH — The St Patrick’s Day Parade in Pittsburgh dates back to 1869 and is one of the largest in the country.

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The parade made its way on Grant Street to the Boulevard of the Allies, ending in Stanwix Street.

There was also a touching tribute paid two fallen officers, McKeesport Officer Sean Sluganski and Brackenridge Police Chief Justin McIntire.

The parade typically attracts anywhere from 200,000 too 350,000 people from far and wide.

“My first time for being down. I’m 57 years old coming down to the parade like this. It’s nice,” Dwayne Pollard from the South Hills said.

About one-fifth of Pittsburgh metropolitan is of Irish heritage, according to the parade website.

Whether you’re Irish or not, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is an annual tradition for many.

“My mom was just telling me last night, I came when I was one year old, it was the biggest snow blizzard ever,” Makenzie Kubeldis from Coraopolis said.

“I’ve been coming every year since I was like three with my family, and now I’m bringing my friends into it, it’s so much fun,” Bethany Bonnar from Beaver said.

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