One great thing about living in Pittsburgh is that the people here know how to have a good time. Pittsburgh is known to have one of the longest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country. I watched for about 2 1/2 hours on Saturday, and it was still going strong…
It wasn’t like exactly like the parades you see on TV, with professional floats, and bands, and dancing performances. It was more like a big party on the street with local groups and organizations walking by. Everyone was wearing green, blowing horns, and handing out Mardi-gras beads.
The most enjoyable part…was people-watching . Isn’t this little boy just adorable with his red Irish beard?!
After the parade came the parties. There were strict rules this year that no alcohol was allowed on the parade route. But, a few blocks away in Market Square there was one giant party going on.
If you had any fear that the (hundreds of ) kegs might run dry at the bars…
No worries. Simply stop in this place and pick up a suitcase of beer…
Some people I saw had too many green beers…and it was before 2PM. Most of the overly-intoxicated were being taken good care of by their friends. For others, things got a little crazy. This guy decided it would be a good idea to jump in the Allegheny River while his friends cheered him on. It’s cold here. There’s been rain. The river is flooded and brown. A person could die in there. DON’T JUMP!!!
I have never been a wild and crazy party-girl, but I recognize that I’m far past the stage of my life when it seems like an acceptable idea to pass out on a public sidewalk. Or spray paint my entire body green. Or jump in a freezing cold river. But for those who did, it was fun to watch.
Merry Christmas. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
Do you ever act wild and crazy in public? Was there a point in your life when you decided “I’m too old to party that hard.”
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