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PIRATES SAIL INTO PPG PLAZA ON MAY 19 FOR SECOND 'PITTSBURGH OPENS' BLOCK PARTY, AS CITY CELEBRATES THE PITTSBURGH YELLOW JACKETS ABA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY

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PIRATES SAIL INTO PPG PLAZA ON MAY 19 FOR SECOND ‘PITTSBURGH OPENS’ BLOCK PARTY, AS CITY CELEBRATES THE PITTSBURGH YELLOW JACKETS ABA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY

• PARTY RUNS FROM 4:30-8:00 PM FEATURING LIVE MUSIC, HAPPY HOUR FOOD AND DRINK SPECIALS

• PARADE CELEBRATING THE STEEL CITY YELLOW JACKETS AMERICAN BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY

• FREE LIVE MUSIC FROM: NASH.V.ILL (BYRON NASH & JACQUEA MAE) AND SIERRA SELLERS MUSIC

• GRAB A PIC WITH THE PIRATES’ PARROT & PIEROGIES

• WIN SPECIAL PIRATES TICKETS, VIP BATTING PRACTICE ACCESS, AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALLS,
  PLUS MERCH GIVEAWAYS + ROVING BUCCO BRIGADE

• PITTSBURGH MOBILE BARS SERVING UP GOODLANDER DRAFT COCKTAILS

• MADE TO ORDER EATS FROM GOSIA’S PIEROGIES, ATRIA’S WOOD-FIRED GRILL, AND OTHER SURPRISES

Downtown Pittsburgh – Celebrating the return of workers continues, as the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, and corporate leaders today announced a second ‘Pittsburgh Opens’ block party at PPG Plaza on Thursday, May 19th from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM. A parade celebrating the minor league basketball champions, The Steel City Yellow Jackets, will begin at 6 PM and march from the City-County Building to Market Square and the ‘Pittsburgh Opens’ festivities. The happy-hour ‘welcome back’ series was developed to reengage workers and residents with all that Downtown has to offer through live musical performances, pop-up food service, drink offerings, and more.

“We are excited to celebrate another championship here in the City of Champions,” Said Mayor Ed Gainey. “We are excited to be able to bring together this celebration of the Yellow Jackets victory with our Pittsburgh Opens celebration of music, arts, food, and culture of Pittsburgh.”

The PDP’s CEO and President, Jeremy Waldrup commented that, “the first event was great fun as we rallied with the Pens, and now we’re ready to go to bat with Pirates as we continue to welcome returning office workers back into Downtown. Our partnership with Mayor Gainey and his team has enabled us to create a really unique way to reconnect and celebrate in the heart of the City. We’re so grateful that BNY Mellon, BOMA, Duquesne Light, Flyspace Productions, Highmark, Peoples Natural Gas, Piatt Companies, Pittsburgh Business Times, PNC Bank, and UPMC Health Plan are continuing to support us as we deliver block parties all summer long at locations
all around Downtown.

PPG Plaza will be filled with musical energy and vibrant atmosphere, with hi-octane performances from NASH.V.ILL – a collaboration of guitarist/songwriter Byron Nash and powerhouse vocalist Jacque Mae – followed by the neo-soul groove of singer/songwriter Sierra Sellers, who will be performing with her full band.

The Steel City Yellow Jackets have secured their first championship in the American Basketball Association. Founded in 2014, this is the first championship victory for the minor league basketball team. The City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and Bureau of Fire will join the parade in celebration of the Yellow Jackets’ momentous success. Join our city-wide celebration of these outstanding basketball players followed by the Pittsburgh Opens’ happy hour.

Thanks to our host, Highwoods, PPG Plaza will have an array of musical entertainment, with a variety of food and drink options on-site. Pittsburgh Mobile Bars will feature Goodlander draft cocktails. Food options will include Gosia’s Pierogies and Atria’s, along with other local food offerings.

While the first event was ‘Penguins’ influenced, the second is most definitely ‘Pirates.’ The Pirates Parrot will make a special guest appearance to deliver sets of lower-level tickets to be raffled off, along with several sets of tickets to watch batting practice on the field, plus other autographed items. A few of the Pirates Pierogies will also be on hand for slapstick and selfies, along with the Bucco Brigade, Balloon Artists, and a prize wheel for merch giveaways.

“We are excited to work with the city, county, and PDP to help bring energy and activity to downtown for this event and throughout the summer at PNC Park,” said Travis Williams, Pirates President. “Our friends and neighbors downtown and on the North Shore have shown incredible resilience the past few years. The influx of Pirates fans to our city will have a positive impact on area businesses when it is needed more than any other time in recent memory.”

Oversize games like Jenga and Connect 4, will be available alongside cornhole, and even a 360-degree photo booth and giveaways and information from our sponsors and supporters. The event will also offer another opportunity for attendees to grab the Downtown Pittsburgh ‘EDGE’ card that provides special offers and discounts to over 40 Downtown restaurants and retailers, several of which will be offering exclusive deals on May 19.

As Downtown workers return in greater numbers, the Pittsburgh Opens Series will continue to deliver celebratory events monthly. Details, and updates on events and activities for returning workers, will all be provided through the PDP's website as available at: downtownpittsburgh.com/welcomeback

Stay tuned for additional announcements. An evolving list of all Downtown performances, events, and happenings is listed in the PDP’s weekly e-newsletter, at DowntownPittsburgh.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @DowntownPitt.

About PGH Opens
PGH Opens is a new initiative from Mayor Ed Gainey that will celebrate the food, art, music, and culture of the city. PGH Opens initially launched Downtown but will soon expand to other neighborhoods across the city to highlight the unique features of those communities in continued efforts to support small businesses, restaurants, museums, and other cultural institutions recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

About the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is a dynamic, nonprofit organization comprised of business and community leaders, property owners, civic organizations, foundations and residents who provide energy, vision and advocacy for Downtown Pittsburgh. Working collaboratively with its partners, the PDP strives to create a positive Downtown experience for residents, workers and visitors alike. The PDP’s strategic initiatives include clean and safe services, transportation, and economic development and advocacy. For more information, visit www.DowntownPittsburgh.com, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/downtownpitt and “like” us on Facebook.

Contact: Maria Montaño - Maria.Montano@pittsburghpa.gov

Contact: Richard Hooper - rhooper@downtownpittsburgh.com

Published

05.13.2022

Contacts

Maria Montano
Press Secretary
Mayor's Office
412-500-6669
press@pittsburghpa.gov