Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee
Pittsburgh, PA, February 15, 2018 – The Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee announced it will honor the late U.S. Ambassador to Ireland and Pittsburgh Steelers legend by dedicating the 2018 Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade to Daniel M. Rooney.
“It is extremely rare that we dedicate the entire parade to one individual,” said Mac McCafferty, Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade Chairman. “But last year when we got the news of Mr. Rooney's passing, our former Parade Chairman Pat O'Brien made the suggestion that we dedicate this year's parade to the former ambassador, which received immediate and unanimous support from everyone involved with the parade.”
In this year's parade, members of the Rooney family and representatives from the Steelers' organization will participate in the parade as honored guests. Mr. Rooney's legacy will be celebrated in several ways, from recognition on official parade T-shirts to acknowledgement at the parade and several related pre-parade events and activities.
“On behalf of the Rooney Family, we are honored that this year's parade is being dedicated to our father, Dan Rooney,” said Jim Rooney, one of Dan Rooney's children. “My father always loved the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. In the 1950s, he was involved in the planning of the parade and marched in it every year back then. Throughout his life, he was very proud of his Irish heritage, from his beginnings on the North Side to his role as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. No matter what the task, his Irish heritage was a proud staple in everything that he did. The City of Pittsburgh held a special place in his heart, and he truly enjoyed how our entire city turns Irish on parade day.”
Among Mr. Rooney's many accomplishments, he is most known as the one who led the Pittsburgh Steelers organization through its long and steady rise to become one of the most elite professional sports franchises in the world. In Pittsburgh, he was an icon with many community and philanthropic interests.
From 2009 through 2012, Mr. Rooney served as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. This Pittsburgh native son was one of the most highly respected and beloved Irish-Americans.
About the Parade
Pittsburgh's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade honors Ireland's patron saint and celebrates Pittsburgh's Irish heritage and is normally attended by 200,000-plus people, all “Irish for the day.” On a warm, sunshine-filled parade day, 350,000 have attended the event. The parade has enjoyed a 148-year history in the city, having occurred non-stop since 1950. On average, the parade counts over 22,000 participants. Many Pittsburghers remember that not even a blizzard in 1993 was able to keep Pittsburgh's Irish from marching on. The parade is one of the oldest and largest St. Patrick's Day Parades in the nation.
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