The Famous Giant Rubber Duck Kicks off the Start of Pittsburgh’s Fesitival of Firsts


4 story tall rubber ducky makes its way to Pittsburgh

The Giant Rubber Duck is making its way down the Allegheny River into Pittsburgh for the start of Pittsburgh’s annual Cultural Trust’s Festivals of Firsts.

On Friday, September 27, 2013, Pittsburgh will be getting ready to kick off this years Fall Festivities.  The Giant Rubber Duck will pass under Fort Duquesne Bridge to the Clemente Bridge, where it will stop and the party will begin.  There will be a market set up under the bridge and a Disc Jockey will be present to celebrate the arrival of the Giant Duck.  Pittsburgh welcomes the Giant Duck and has for quite a few years now.  There will be many activities for everyone to take part in, which makes it a great family event for everyone.

One event in particular is the International Festival of Firsts.  This year’s Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts (September 27-October 26) includes companies and artists representing many different countries from The Netherlands, Quebec, Belgium, Australia, Switzerland and Nova Scotia as well as the United States. The Festival, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, offers a mix of theater, dance, puppetry, music and visual arts handpicked from around the world. Join the city of Pittsburgh for some of the most exciting new works being created in the international contemporary performing arts and visual arts fields. Be first in line to experience art never before presented in the United States.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has seen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations, turning a district into an attraction for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural revitalization of an entertainment and residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses created by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.

Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has created a world-renowned Cultural District that is updating the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

Giant Rubber Duck t-shirts are on sale online for $16.99, on Pittsburgh’s Cultural Trust website.