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Revelers shrug off showers and gray skies to unleash bagpipes, vuvuzelas and a sea of green Downtown with 20,000 marchers expected.
Routes serving the Strip will see detours starting at 7:30 a.m.; Downtown-bound routes will be pushed off their schedules after 9 a.m.
The word Hibernian comes from the root Hibernia, the classical Latin name for Ireland, and refers to any person of Irish descent.
A chilly, rainy day is forecast for marchers and spectators at Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day parade that steps off at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The late Melissa Bowers designed the parade’s button and T-shirts. Her mother continues the work, and raises awareness of domestic violence.
Why Western culture considers this day unlucky is not known, but theories abound.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Pittsburgh is “one of the biggest in the country.”
Some Downtown streets will close during festivities on Saturday, and city officials are encouraging visitors to use public transportation.
Volunteers who organize the display donate proceeds to West Allegheny School District and a host of other organizations.
Volunteers will teach the traditional Eastern European handicraft at a free child-friendly event at the Cathedral of Learning Saturday.
Pittsburgher Jennifer Saffron returns to the heart of the civil rights movement to reconnect with Selma and recount her experiences.