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Pittsburgh Welcomes 2022 At First Night Festivities Downtown

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust had plenty planned for those in the city to ring in the New Year.

Highmark First Night 2022 attracted thousands to the Cultural District after the in-person party was canceled last year due to the pandemic.

WATCH: Erika Stanish reports

The Dollar Bank Children's Fireworks show kicked things off at 6 p.m.

The New Year's Eve Parade marched down Penn Avenue at 8 p.m. It featured performances, giant puppets and surprises for the entire family.

The Family Zone hosted a Holiday Block Party from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. where kids learned about and created their own art.

(Photo Credit: Gerome Williams/KDKA)

There was also Fire and Ice Plaza, musical performances throughout the night, and the Intrude exhibit featuring a giant rabbit and her babies. The bunnies were all anyone downtown was talking about.

"The rabbit is great," Marty Spicer, of Oakdale, said. "This is what brought me down here. I had to see the rabbit. The rabbit is just awesome. Just fabulous."

"People are going crazy for Intrude. This is 'bunzilla.' The biggest of the Intrude bunnies. Everyone is really, really loving them," Sarah Aziz, of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, said.

WATCH: Erika Stanish reports

Then, of course, the Future of Pittsburgh Ball dropped at midnight and the fireworks grand finale welcomed in 2022.

Check out our Guide to First Night here.

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