St. Patrick's Day in Pittsburgh is a *big* deal. The day kicks off with a massive parade Downtown, and Thrillist has all the details about the parade route, rules and history. Then, of course, it's time for the traditional visit to an Irish pub, and in Pittsburgh, you've got plenty of options, which Patch details here. But if you're not feeling the bar scene, we tracked down nine booze-free (or booze-light) ways to celebrate the holiday. To help with transit, the free Nite Rider shuttle will return today — here's how you can save some cash and hop a ride on the shuttle. If you end up using a ride-sharing service this weekend, remember your stuff. This weekend is a popular time for people to report lost items to Uber — and in the last year, Pittsburghers lost some pretty interesting things.
You've got less than a month left to admire the multi-colored lights on the Rachel Carson Bridge. The lights will be removed on April 9, before the bridge undergoes 18 months of rehab work, TribLive reported. The lights long outlived their expiration date, as they were only supposed to be up for four months were kept longer because of the public's ardor for them. Once they're removed, some of the LED lights will be incorporated into a Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership lighting project to brighten the Garrison Place alleyway.
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Break out all your green clothes and head Downtown for Pittsburgh's massive St. Patrick's Day Parade with floats, bands and Irish groups. This year's parade is dedicated to the late U.S. Ambassador to Ireland and Pittsburgh Steelers legend Daniel M. Rooney. The parade begins at the Greyhound station at Liberty Avenue and 11th Street, then continues along Grant Street, the Boulevard of the Allies, and Stanwix Street, before ending at Commonwealth Place.
Where: Various locations Downtown
When: March 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
How much: Free
Chat with local farmers, snack on some food and check out some art at the Bloomfield Farmer's Market. Also, Steel City Soils will be there to collect food scraps for composting. They’re also open to answering questions at the market from people who are interested in composting.
Where: Bloomfield Saturday Market at 5050 Liberty Ave. (Bloomfield)
When: March 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Try your luck scoring some bargains at Ohio River Antique Mall's Saint Patrick's Day party. Everything will be at least 20 percent off, and some vendors will offer deeper discounts at this three-story antique mall where you can find everything from clothing to furniture to jewelry and trinkets.
Where: Antiques on Ohio River at 4331 Ohio River Blvd. (Bellevue)
When: March 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Search for gold in Schenley Park on St. Patrick's Day at this Venture Outdoors geocaching event. Learn about hand-held GPS to discover magical treasures or "caches." No experience is necessary.
Where: Schenley Park at 101 Panther Hollow Road (Squirrel Hill)
When: March 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: $12 ($8 for members) — fee includes GPS rental
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, learn how to paint a Celtic cross at this workshop. Take home a canvas painting of your masterpiece.
Where: Kolor-N-Kiln at 1230 Robinson Center Dr. (Robinson Township)
When: March 17, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: $35