Penguins on Parade


Waddling back into weather-permitting weekends this winter, enjoy our Pittsburgh Zoo penguins taking a walk outside the PPG Aquarium. Fun for everyone!

The penguins will be centralized around the upper entrance of the PPG Aquarium at 11:30 a.m. sharp and typically spend half an hour exploring outside. Guests will rotate through parade viewing.

Based upon recommendations at time of event, COVID safety measures may apply.

Parade conditions may be monitored until Zoo open (9:30 a.m.) on parade day. Please check back the morning of event, or call 412-665-3640 for updates.

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Peoples Natural Gas

Saturdays and Sundays, December 3 through February 25.

Weather Permitting. Temperature must be below 45°F and non-hazardous.

11:30 a.m.

Event length may vary or be canceled due to environmental conditions.

Upper entrance patio of the PPG Aquarium.

Included in Zoo Admission

Free for Members!


What factors determine if Penguins on Parade will happen?

Our indoor penguin habitat is kept at ideal temperatures between 37-45 degrees Fahrenheit. To host an outdoor parade, temperatures should be of similar range: below 45 degrees F and generally feel above 25 degrees F. Cloud cover, wind chill, and precipitation can affect the feel of the air and influence the decision to host the parade. Conditions must not be hazardous to penguins or humans. When temperatures are unsteady, we will monitor the weather until close to the event and do our best to offer a penguin parade when possible. If an outdoor parade cannot take place, penguins will remain visible in their habitat inside the PPG Aquarium.


How do the penguins interact with guests during the parade?

Due to COVID protocols and also comfort of the penguins, the Zoo offers a barricaded parade ground outside the PPG Aquarium. Guests will form a line and approach this barricade to see the penguins.  Penguins participate in the event by choice, so they may feel curious to investigate near guests, they may stay back near the aquarium, or they may choose to remain in their indoor habitat and not participate in the event. With animal welfare in mind, penguin participation in the event is not required, though Penguins on Parade is a great enrichment activity and offers a fun opportunity for people and penguins alike.