By Sierra Smith | Photographs by Catherine Palladino

WHO: 1,500 guests, including Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Andy Masich, chair of the Pittsburgh Bicentennial Commission, and president and CEO of Heinz History Center

WHAT: A celebration of Pittsburgh’s 200th birthday

WHERE: Heinz History Center

HIGHLIGHTS: Common Plea Catering’s chipped chopped ham sandwiches and pierogis; live music by the Move Makers Band, Etta Cox Jazz Trio, Billy Price Band, and Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers; the History Center’s new exhibit, Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation; and birthday cake — weighing in at 210 pounds! — by Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique, crafted to resemble Downtown.

“Pittsburgh pride was undeniably on display — it was a party 200 years in the making. The descendants of more than 50 Pittsburgh mayors assembled in the History Center’s Great Hall to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the city’s incorporation and help us sing ‘Happy Birthday!’ It was a very special moment and an unforgettable evening.” — Andy Masich

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