The Pittsburgh Pirates will host the eighth annual Pirate Fest on Saturday, March 9th just outside the main gate at McKechnie Field on 9th Street West. The festival runs from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Pirates will face the Minnesota Twins at 1:05 p.m. at McKechnie Field.
Several local businesses and community organizations will be represented at the community-oriented event. Among the many scheduled activities are giveaways, face painting, inflatable games, live music provided by Matthew Huff and mascot fun with the Pirate Parrot and Marty the Marauder. Participants can have their photo taken to create a free commemorative postcard. Autograph sessions with select Pirates players will be featured throughout the morning.
Pirate Fest is free and open to the public. After Pirate Fest the Pirates take on the Minnesota Twins. A post-game concert featuring country music star Chris Lane will take place on the boardwalk after the game. A ticket to the game is required for admission to McKechnie Field. Due to 9th Street being closed for Pirate Fest, fans wishing to park in the Boys and Girls Club parking lot must access the lot through the back entrance on 6th Street.
Pirates’ legend Steve Blass will be signing his new book “A Pirate for Life” from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. inside the McKechnie Field gates. Only fans holding a ticket to the game against Minnesota will be able to access the book signing. Blass won a World Series while pitching for the Pirates in 1971 and is currently a broadcaster for the team.
The Pirates will mark the eve of Pirate Fest with a night game against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, March 8 at 7:05 p.m. After the game there will be a fireworks show.
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