Free Event: #PittsburghDuck

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For those of you who missed it, there was some mystique surrounding the arrival of this huge rubber duck to our fair city of Pittsburgh.  It’s finally here, though.  It’s big, it’s yellow, and it’s fabulous!  (Though I’m still not entirely sure it’s magic.)

A real duck trying to peck away at the rubber duck's tethers.

A real duck trying to peck away at the rubber duck’s tethers.

Arrived just in time for the play-offs!

Arrived just in time for the play-offs!

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pittsburgh duck

It’s free to go visit and take pictures!  Ducky is with us until October 21st as a part of the International Festival of Firsts.  When we went, the regular vending for Point State Park was open.  There was also a small souvenir stand.  Some of the designs adorning the staple hats and t-shirts were cool, but most of them were just a yellow silhouette of a yellow rubber duck ironed on to a shirt.  We decided not to drop any money on that.  If we end up really regretting that decision, it’s something that could be DIYed so easily that even WE could do it.

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15 thoughts on “Free Event: #PittsburghDuck

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      I once had someone tell me they wouldn’t let their kids watch Sesame Street because it was too political. (How….I don’t know.) The point of the duck is to be completely a-political. So maybe for some people Ernie would be too much.

      Though I would be freaking delighted.

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  1. jlcollinsnh

    Very cool pictures of downtown that remind me of a question.
    I know Pittsburgh has lots of cool neighborhoods, but how about downtown?

    Is there a vibrant community living there too or is it only businesses during the day and deserted at night?

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    1. femmefrugality Post author

      First of all, I’m so excited you’re back! I have a million questions for you…I’ll have to shoot you an email.

      About downtown. It’s awesome. There’s the cultural district which houses a lot of theaters and other cultural type events. There’s a lot of shopping. And the Market District has a ton of places to eat. And then there’s Point State Park which is absolutely gorgeous and is always hosting festivals.

      As far as residency, though, you’ve pretty much hit the nail on the head. There’s been a push lately to change that and there’s some high-end condos doing some pretty heavy advertising, but largely it’s a place for people to do business. I wouldn’t wander around down there at night. If you’re going to a show or some type of event I wouldn’t be scared walking to my car as long as I was with a group of people. But it’s not really a great idea to wander around. The day time is a different story: super safe for a city of its size.

      There are TON of abutting neighborhoods, though. Some of them are amazing. And then some of them are not so amazing. But a lot of them are literally right across the river or sit just behind the downtown region that is the Golden Triangle.

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      1. jlcollinsnh

        Ha!

        Well I never left. Just don’t comment often.

        I used to get down there on business back in the day and always liked your town. Seemed it would be a cool place to live.

        I’ll look forward to your email!

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        1. femmefrugality Post author

          Oh, I meant back from South America! You should make another trip to the burgh! It’s amazing!

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          1. jlcollinsnh

            Oh, that. 🙂

            Had a grand time!

            My wife joined me for the first 10 days in Cuenca and I got to introduce her to some of my friends there. Once she returned I went over to the little coastal village of San Clemente and hung out for three weeks walking on the beach, eating seafood and meeting a bunch of very interesting folks, local and expat alike.

            From there to the Chautauqua which turned out to be one of the most intense, laugh-filled and enjoyable weeks of my life. Detailed here:
            http://jlcollinsnh.com/2013/09/17/chautauqua-2013-a-week-of-dreams/

            You’ll also find links at the end to what some other people had to say about it.

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      Lol. It’s not even a real eye patch. I mean, I guess it’s not even a real duck. But you know what I mean. Photoshop.

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  2. MonicaOnMoney

    I love this! I can’t believe how big this duck is and I’ve love to visit!! Thanks for sharing some fun pictures too 🙂 I was also wondering about the giant eye patch, makes this duck look like a pirate 🙂

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