Free family-friendly events in Pittsburgh for St. Patrick's Day 2018
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St. Patrick's Day in will be celebrated in Pittsburgh with one of the oldest and biggest parades honoring the patron saint of Ireland in the U.S. The early spring will also be a great time to enjoy special springtime festivities with the family. 

Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 17 @ 10 a.m.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade was first held in 1869 and is one of the oldest and largest in the U.S., with over 22,000 participants and as many as 200,000 spectators. The 2018 parade will be dedicated to the late U. S. Ambassador to Ireland and Pittsburgh Steelers legend Daniel M. Rooney.  Kids and adults will have fun watching the marching bands, bagpipers, Irish step dancers, floats, organizations, and colorful characters march through the city. The parade will form at the Greyhound Bus Station and will proceed to 26th Street, to the intersection of Liberty and 11th Streets to Grant Street to the Boulevard of the Allies and to the Reviewing Stand at Stanwix Street. The parade will disburse at Commonwealth Place.

Meet the Clydesdales!
March 15 @ 11 a.m. - The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center, 5234 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224
March 16 @ 4 p.m. – Donaldson Park (North Fayette Township), 590 Donaldson Rd., Oakdale, PA 15071

Meet the Clydesdales will be hosted by Express Employment Pittsburgh West to various organizations, including the Children’s Home of Pittsburgh and the local military. Clydesdales will be in the Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade, but this event will allow guests to get up close to the large horses. The events will offer wagon rides, child-friendly activities, food trucks, and Clydesdale photos for purchase. Admission will be free but there will be a fee for some activities

Spring Festival of the Egg 2018
March 4 @ 12 p.m.
University of Pittsburgh, Alumni Hall, Ball Room, 1st Floor, 4227 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh (Oakland), PA 15213

The Spring Festival of the Egg will be a free, family-friendly event at the University of Pittsburgh, across from the Cathedral of Learning. This will be a multicultural event about the celebration of spring around the world.  Activities will include egg decorating workshops, spring cultural displays, spring flower making, Easter paper cutting, a palm weaving demonstration, and more. Children will get to have fun by decorating eggs themselves.  There will be an Old World Easter egg display and sale, so you can purchase beautifully decorated eggs to take home. Homemade ethnic pastries will be available.

2018 Lunar New Year of the Earth Dog Parade
March 4 @ 11 a.m.
Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill District, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

The 3rd Annual Lunar New Year Parade will be a celebration of Asian culture. Over 30 organizations and groups will participate in colorful costumes and regalia. The parade will be kid-friendly and free to attend. 

Easter Bunny Lane
Feb. 20-April 2
Kraynack’s, 2525 East State St., Hermitage, PA 16148

Easter Bunny Lane is a 300-foot indoor avenue of beautiful colored trees with colorful blossoms and animated characters that will charm young and old alike. Enjoy this make-believe world about the first signs of spring. The display is free to visit and is family friendly. 

Note: The following events are not free, but they are still fun...

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Shuffle 5K & Family Fun Walk presented by Semper Gratus
March 17 @ 10 a.m.
West Leechburg Firemen’s Recreation Hall, 1116 Leechburg, PA 15656

The 5K run will be for serious or casual runners of all ages. Costumes are encouraged to add to the fun. The event supports the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Pittsburgh and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. There will also be an St. Patrick’s Day Bash at 6 p.m. at the West Leechburg Fire Department Social Hall (Tickets $20-$30).

ZooHop to Spring
March 30 @ 10 a.m.
Pittsburgh Zoo, 7370 Baker St., Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Join the fun at Pittsburgh Zoo’s )ZooHop to Spring, a kid-friendly event featuring the joy of Easter. The family can watch the zoo animals search for treat-filled Easter eggs that the Easter Bunny hid in their habitats. Bring Easter baskets for the kids can use to collect Easter eggs hidden throughout the Kid Kingdom. Children will be able to exchange their eggs for a small treat. The morning of fun will include Easter Bunny photos, crafts, and themed activities in the Worlds of Discovery building in the Kids Kingdom. The event will be included with regular zoo admission ($12-$13).