Penguins on Parade

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Penguins on Parade is dependent on many conditions and may be canceled for the safety of our resident birds. Please check back regularly to see if Penguins on Parade will be available on your weekend of interest.

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 start their parade at the upper entrance of the PPG Aquarium at 11:30 a.m. sharp and typically spend about 20 minutes exploring outside. Guests will line the pathway along the PPG Aquarium and the penguins will parade past. This event is popular, parade viewing is not guaranteed. Please plan to be at the Aquarium well before 11:30 a.m. to get a good spot along the parade route! 

THIS WEEKEND’S PARADE STATUS

Saturday, December 10: Too early to be sure, but likely to occur.

Sunday, December 11: Too early to be sure, but likely to occur.

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.

Sponsored by:
Peoples Natural Gas

Saturdays and Sundays, Conditions 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.

Outside of the PPG Aquarium

Included in Zoo Admission

Free for Members!

INFORMATION 

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?

Guests will line the pathway from upper-to-lower Aquarium, and the penguins will walk up and down the pathway past guests. 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.

Though penguin behaviors vary, they tend to parade down to the bottom of the Aquarium and back. Guests at any point along the pathway are not guaranteed to see the penguin parade. Be sure to arrive early to get a good spot!

Safety Notes

If penguins approach you during the parade, enjoy watching them up close, but please do not touch the penguins.

If conditions are slippery, note that the pathway will not be salted for the safety of penguin feet. Please watch your step.