St Patrick’s Day parade attracts 20k people despite downpour
Pittsburghâ€™s annual St. Patrickâ€™s Day parade was as colorful and as exciting as ever before. The crowd, very diverse, started assembling very early in the morning despite an overcast sky.
Peopleâ€™s enthusiasm can be gauged from the fact that they came in huge numbers despite heavy showers that had come merely hours before the beginning of the annual St. Patrickâ€™s Day parade.
Sounds of vuvuzelas reverberated across the Grant Street and the Boulevard of the Allies even before the beginning of the parade. People were screaming to show their enthusiasm and bagpipes created an enthusiasm that is not seen very often on the road.
The enthusiastic participants in the famed St. Patrickâ€™s Day parade were seen dressed in kilts and suspenders. There were others who seem to have come donning fake green beards or dyed their hair green. Everything green was available thanks to the large number of vendors who had brought scarves, hats, beads, all green to a waiting crowd.
People were seen drinking in large number, though there were many others who confined themselves to drinking nothing but coffee. While greeting the huge crow Bishop David Zubik said, â€œGlad youâ€™re under a tent,â€ he said to one group, dry on a Grant Street sidewalk.
People make it a point to come for the parade no matter what. The Funk family never misses the parade, although members save the food for an after-party filled with traditional Irish fare. They have set up a tent at the same spot on the corner of Grant Street and the Boulevard for seven years. â€œItâ€™s tradition,â€ said Lynda Funk of Trafford, shrugging off the weather. She enjoyed the boisterous crowds and the fact that everyone arrives in a good mood, ready to â€œhave a blast.â€ Conservative estimates put the numbers somewhere around 20000 people.