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St. Patrick's Day parade set for Saturday

| Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Whether you're Irish, wish you were Irish or just like to wear green, the place to be Saturday is Downtown for the annual Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The parade, a Pittsburgh tradition for more than 130 years, will kick off promptly at 10 a.m., starting outside Mellon Arena, Uptown. The marchers, which include floats, bands, Irish clans and dancers, fire trucks and more, will head down Centre Avenue to Sixth Avenue, then to Grant Street and to the Boulevard of the Allies, ending at a reviewing stand at Commonwealth Place.

While there will be public drinking in Market Square, no open containers of alcohol are allowed along the parade route.

The parade, the second largest in the United States with only New York City ahead of it, always draws a huge crowd; last year's was estimated at 260,000.

The official festivities will last around three hours, but there are plenty of unofficial parties at bars and pubs throughout the area.

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