City celebrates new year with 'Pittsburgh Dad' and some late shopping

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On a cold and frosty night Pittsburghers' spirits were warm as they slogged through slushy streets by the thousands to ring in the new year at the Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2013 celebration.

Revelers lined Penn Avenue three bodies deep for the First Night Parade, which featured county Executive Rich Fitzgerald and the creators of popular Web series "Pittsburgh Dad," Curt Woottan and Chris Preksta, as grand marshals.

Many were out for a shot of pure family fun, and others had more Yinzer-centric interests at the Downtown event.

Curt Davis, 26, of Brighton Heights and an avid "Pittsburgh Dad" fan, attended the festivities on a second date with Jessica Bachner, also 26, of Cranberry.

When Mr. Woottan strolled by in full character, Mr. Davis took the opportunity to converse with his favorite Web star by asking where his wife from the show, Deb, was.

"Where you think she's at?" hollered Mr. Woottan, as the crowd laughed. "Probably still shoppin'!"

A giddy Mr. Davis couldn't hide his amusement.

For many, the idea of snow was not in their plans for the evening. Late Monday afternoon, large crowds got in last minute shopping at the Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits Premium Collection Store, Shadyside.

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